AEVA and Calasanz
CESAR– CIRCULAR ECONOMY SKILLS AND AWARENESS RAISING is an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 – Cooperation among organisations and institutions – project, composed of 7 partners, from 5 different countries (Finland, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain) with a shared commitment to raising awareness of the Circular Economy among the academic and training communities.
Circular Economy is an economic model based on the reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling of materials and energy, replacing the end-of-life concept of the linear economy, with new circular flows of reuse, restoration and renewal, in an integrated and sustainable process, materialized through the coordination of production and consumption systems in closed circuits. It is also part of the modernization and transformation needed for the EU to become the world’s first major economy to go climate neutral by 2050, as per the long-term strategy put forward by the Commission in November 2018.
Furthermore, the EC is currently reflecting on which steps are now needed to make Europe more sustainable. This transition has the potential for the creation of a wide diversity of job typologies, but for that, is necessary re-skill the actual and future workforce, aligning it with the needs and challenges of this new economic model, where different types of circular activities require different skillsets.
So, education, awareness raising and training are fundamental elements for this move towards a Circular Economy, and the schools have a major role in it. The teacher profession is also considered an indirect circular job due to its contribution on educating the future consumers and workforce on the circular economy. Teaching can be considered as an indirect circular job due to its contribution on educating the future consumers and workforce on the circular economy.
Within this context, CESAR project aims to:
• Raise awareness on circular economy;
• Enhance the power and benefits of circular economy;
• Promote awareness among teachers and students on greener methodologies and approaches;
• Establish students’ initiatives to investigate local and regional problems that require sustainable and/or circular solutions;
• Enhance the students’ skills for circular economy, helping to prepare the future workforce for the transition challenges from the linear to the circular economy.
In order to achieve this, the partnership designed and developed a set of educational and training materials that can be used by the teachers on the VET (and other schools) courses to promote the awareness raising and skills development of the students on CE subjects.
The project will produce:
1. A Set of Educational Materials for Awareness Raising in Circular Economy.
2. A Set of Training Materials for Skills Development in Circular Economy.
3. The Programme of a Course in Circular Economy for VET students that can be used by schools in curricular units, within the scope of their curricular flexibility and autonomy.