How can the development of a cross-sectoral curriculum succeed in order to promote the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and environmental awareness of young people in the long term and to improve their chances on the labour market?

Target group

Young people/groups of young people who are willing to learn and who are involved in upcycling projects and other entrepreneurship projects of SOS Children’s Villages International in several African countries.


For already established upcycling projects, which are carried out in cooperation with Plasticpreneurs in several African countries (Ghana, Somalia, Benin), there is a lack of uniform pedagogical guiding material for the facilitators (curriculum, innovation, entrepreneurship, environmental protection), so that these groups can achieve their learning goals more effectively and in a more targeted way, and thus get employed. The central teaching contents of these projects are (1) the technical operation of the equipment, (2) creating awareness for the advantages of a circular economy of reusing raw materials instead of a „throwaway society“ and (3) the entrepreneurial empowerment of the participants so that they can understand and live basic knowledge of successful economic action.

SOS Children’s Villages International implements a variety of relevant projects that address these issues (innovation, entrepreneurship, environmental protection), but faces the challenge of condensing the succus of project results into a cross-sectoral curriculum/learning guide. We are convinced that the transition from non-repayable grants to social entrepreneurship can succeed more quickly and sustainably with new impulses from other economic sectors.

About SOS Children’s Village International

SOS Children’s Village International is the umbrella organisation for all SOS Children’s Villages in over 135 countries worldwide. In an effort to develop and spread new approaches to development cooperation, the umbrella organisation offers its members and local partners support in project development, in particular for the structured financing of pilot projects. A number of such projects have recently taken the direction of social entrepreneurship, providing opportunities for cross-sectoral cooperation between social, economic and academic actors.

Termin Follow-Up Session: 29 November 2023, 11 – 12 am

Note: This team works in English during the workshop.

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