The Model: Walk us through a specific example of how your solution makes a difference; include your primary activities
A class wants to take an educational trip, but they don’t have the money. At the same time, their teacher is now (In Sweden) required to teach the students about sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Their teacher asks the other teachers in the break room about fundraising ideas and good lesson plans, and a colleague tells him about the Greaid program. Instead of putting the students to work peddling products of various kinds to fund their trip, they can raise money through the Greaid program, while supporting a sustainability project and learning about sustainability and social entrepreneurship at the same time.
The teacher goes to the Greaid website and signs the class up. The teacher gets a set of lesson plans and learning materials complete with slide shows, video segments, and interactive assignments designed to introduce kids to sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Beyond the introductory lessons, the Greaid website provides links to more learning materials that help incorporate sustainable development into lessons on other required subjects, like geography and mathematics.
The students are introduced to the problems facing the world in sustainable development, and at the same time are introduced to the opportunities to make a difference. They get involved right away by choosing a sustainability project to support as part of the Greaid program, using the knowledge they’ve learned and the list of projects on the Greaid website. The projects that the students can choose to support are real, specific, ongoing projects run by our partners, who are established organizations working for sustainable development (e.g. Hungerprojektet, Star for Life). The students then play the role of social entrepreneurs by supporting their chosen project through the sales of sustainability certificates, and by developing their own idea for a sustainability innovation.
Through the sales of sustainability certificates, the students also get money to fund their activities and trips, just like they would through other fundraising programs. But they also get to learn about sustainability and social entrepreneurship through the lessons and the real sustainable project that they’re supporting.
The people who buy the sustainability certificates get to support their local school without having to purchase stuff they don’t really want or need. At the same time they get to support and learn about sustainability projects.
In the future, Greaid will be a portal where teachers can find educational materials from various sources and share what their classes have accomplished for sustainable development.