Girls go circular
Digital and Entrepreneurial Skills for the Circular Economy
Closing the digital gender gap
According to the European Commission’s Women in Digital Scoreboard 2021, women represent only 33% of STEM graduates (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and 19% of ICT specialists. An increase in the number of women entering the digital skills market would generate an additional annual EUR 16 billion for the European economy.
Research shows that increasing diversity in leadership not only generates revenues but also boosts problem-solving as well as team performance indicators. Under the coordination of EIT RawMaterials, the Girls Go Circular project is doing its share in contributing to reducing the digital gender gap by empowering girls aged 14-19 in Europe to develop their digital and entrepreneurial competencies while acquiring knowledge on the circular economy.
The online learning platform developed in the framework of the project – the “Circular Learning Space” – offers students the option of choosing between different learning modules on topics like e-waste, climate change, food, or robotics. These modules are based on a learning-by-doing approach, transferring knowledge and skills through an interactive, challenge-based structure.
Through challenge-based exercises, students learn how to identify business opportunities, take initiative and work in teams.
Group activities boost their creativity, confidence, train analytical and problem solving skills. These new abilities will support students in becoming the change-makers of tomorrow.
In order to thrive in the digital era, young people must be able to competently evaluate and manage information on the internet, interact through different online tools and develop digital content.
Girls Go Circular equips learners with these competencies and raises awareness of online threats and etiquette.
The Circular Economy complements digital learning and provides a unique lens to raise the students’ environmental awareness.
Thanks to the cross-cutting nature of the topics addressed, students are empowered to reflect on the societal challenges of our time and prepare to be the leaders who will build a more sustainable future for Europe.
The Girls Go Circular project supports Action 13 – Encourage women’s participation in STEM of the European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan and empowers schoolgirls in European countries defined as modest and moderate innovators (according to the European Innovation Scoreboard) to become future leaders and entrepreneurs.
Take a look at the map below and find out which schools have joined the Girls Go Circular project and started learning with us!
- EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities
- Project Partners
- Participating Schools
Circular Learning Space
The Circular Learning Space is at the core of the project. Through the platform, students work individually and in groups during online and in-person sessions. The platform includes several modules, which explore the circular economy from different angles. While consolidating their knowledge on the green transition, students use digital tools to acquire practical skills. After successfully completing a learning module, students receive a certificate that attests the skills acquired.
The project targets primarily girls but it is open to any learner!