The Circular Learning Entrepreneurship (CiLO) project aims to stimulate circular entrepreneurship in the second and third grades of Flemish secondary education, for instance through the mini-company or the student company supported by Vlajo.
UHasselt cooperated with Vlajo, Flemish circular companies and four secondary schools in Limburg (Atheneum in Hasselt, Upper School Sint-Michiel in Leopoldsburg, Sint-Augustinusinstituut in Bree and X plus in Lommel) to develop a guiding framework that supports teachers conceptually and substantively to get started with circular entrepreneurship.
Concretely, we first researched the barriers teachers experience in working with the theme of circular entrepreneurship. Then we developed a guiding framework, including training moments for teachers. After a test phase of the educational material in cooperation with four schools, we focused in a final phase on the creation of evaluation tools and the further promotion and dissemination of our material.
Partners Vlaamse Jonge Ondernemingen, KSOM vzw Sint-Augustinusinstituut, NNOF, Vzw provincialaat der broeders van liefde (Bovenbouw Sint-Michiel), GO! Next Atheneum (Het Atheneum Hasselt), GO! Mercurius Lommel (X-plus 2e en 3e graad)
The results of our project are lasting in the long term: year after year, our teaching package will again sensitise students and teachers about circular economy. In the future, Vlajo will also continue to stress the importance of circular entrepreneurship. For example, the theme of circular economy is added to the 'stars' that a mini-company can obtain through the Vlajo trajectory.
In addition, the CiLO teaching materials can be further expanded and scaled up. This can be done regionally (for example, by developing lesson packages for Brussels and Wallonia), but also at a higher level, for example by developing a lesson package for higher education.