Introduce repair to younger generations
As a city, it is not always easy to reach children and youth with a complex issue such as the importance of repair as a circular solution. Fortunately, we can work together with schools and spread our message with the help of educational material.
With the help of Djapo, Sharepair partners have created educational material for primary and secondary schools.
Principles of Education for Sustainable Development
Sharepair's educational package is structured according to a vision of and principles of Education for Sustainable Development. When we talk about sustainable development, we usually talk about complex sustainability issues or social issues. Think of climate change, the migration crisis, the waste mountain - these are all issues that have both local and global components that entail many aspects and involve many actors.
Precisely because social challenges are complex, thinking about them can help the development of children and young people. Because they are not clear-cut and need new, creative answers, they constitute a rich, interesting learning context.
Getting started - background file
The background file will help teachers to get started with the lessons and become familiar with the basics about repair of electrical and electronic appliances (what, why and how).
- In the first part, we provide a short introduction about sustainability and circular economy, before zooming in on the repair of electrical and electronic appliances.
- In the second part, teachers are introduced to the didactic concepts underlying the teaching material. This will give them an insight into the modular structure of the teaching material and the learning process behind the steps needed to engage students.
The common goal in all lessons is making students understand how their choices regarding the production, consumption and repair of electrical and electronic appliances can contribute to a more circular economy.
Lessons in 5 modules
The teaching pack comprises 5 modules that can be used to teach a course of at least five class hours. You can also use the modules separately for a shorter course, or in a different order if that is more appropriate to the teaching context and the students’ assessed attention spans.
For example, you may prefer to have the students engage in an action-oriented, tangible activity first to stimulate them, and reserve the in-depth exploration of or inquiry into the problem for later.
The modules are built as follows:
- EXPLORATORY - Stimulus and awareness
- EXPLORATORY - Perspectives, opinions and emotions
- INVESTIGATIVE - Research skills
- INVESTIGATIVE - Deeper-lying causes and leverage points
- ACTION-ORIENTED - Possible actions
Every module contains support for preparing the lesson, including
- critical thinking questions,
- sample answers,
- appendices (maps, images, articles, videos etc.),
- detailed alternative options
Every module has a different focus and different learning goals, which all have as their common goal that students understand how their choices regarding the production, consumption and repair of electrical and electronic appliances can contribute to a more circular economy.
The educational package was created by Djapo and was commissioned by the cities of Leuven, Apeldoorn and Roeselare, in cooperation with Repair&Share and Maakbaar Leuven and with support of the Flemish government.
Use the educational material in your school!
The educational package in Dutch (Belgium) is now available.
The educational package in English, French and Dutch (The Netherlands) will be online on March 31st.