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Press release: Serious shortage of learning material related to the circular economy

Published: 31.10.2018

Press release: Serious shortage of learning material related to the circular economy

The Circular Classroom educational platform is an eagerly awaited solution for teaching about the circular economy. This open platform provides secondary schools and upper secondary schools with new tools for discussing the circular economy within a curriculum that promotes phenomenon-based learning and integrated subjects.

The web-based, open access Circular Classroom educational platform focuses on understanding the key concepts of the circular economy. The material is of a high international level; the content was produced by one of the world's leading circular economic ambassadors, Leyla Acaroglu, who holds a PhD in sociology and has been recognised by the UN as an expert on sustainable development. The programme includes an introduction to the various aspects of the circular economy specifically designed for young people, various exercises, background videos and support materials for teachers of different subjects. The online platform is designed to be permanent and it will be developed in close cooperation with educational professionals over the coming years. The Circular Classroom is available in three languages: Finnish, Swedish and English; and the idea is to make it available to teachers and students in as many Swedish and English speaking countries as possible.

Leyla Acaroglu, who holds a PhD in sociology and has been recognised by the UN as an expert on sustainable development

Success and sustainable development depend on future professionals

The Circular Classroom project is part of the Walki Group’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. "We believe that our company’s success depends on the future professionals," says Leif Frilund, CEO of Walki. "At Walki, we want to play a part in ensuring that all young people know the basic concepts of the circular economy and understand the social significance of the phenomenon. We selected the circular economy and the educational material on it, since our interviews with teachers and educational influencers showed that there was a lack of quality and uniform material on the subject. The circular economy is a topic of discussions, but no practical tools were available to teachers for teaching the topic. We felt that we were able to assume the responsibility for putting this right. We believe that the circular economy will help us solve the major challenges of today and tomorrow. The better the understanding young people have of the circular economy as they enter the working life, the better they will be equipped to find sustainable solutions for the planet," Frilund sums up.

Find additional information, visit the website of the Circular Classroom programme: www.circularclassroom.com
YouTube: Circular Classroom
Twitter: @circularclass
Facebook: @circularclassroom

For more information, please contact:
Leif Frilund
President and CEO, Walki Group
Tel. +358 (0)40 354 3330
Email: leif.frilund@walki.com

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