Donut Days At School

A 7-step guide to introducing a 'Donut Day' in your school

Version 1.0 (May 2020)
Story by Isabella Jansen and Pauline Westendorp
Posted by the DEAL Team

Overview

At the Geert Groote School 2 in Amsterdam South we've been having a weekly 'Donut Day' every Friday for students to work on projects, with the community, aiming to tackle two Doughnut challenges in our city 1) the shortage of teachers and 2) the energy transition.


Linking two local real-world challenges that correspond with two dimensions of the Doughnut creates a great foundation for a community-based school project. Students work in groups and combine the talents of everyone in the group and professionals from the community.


You cannot imagine how happy the children were to get out of the class and be able to interact with professionals about a subject they truly care about!

So we've created this 7-step guide to help you create your own Donut Days. And you can see the story of how we did it in A Donut Day Breakfast.


7 steps to make your own Donut Day At School with children

Step 1: Choose a time each week - for example a morning or an afternoon - and a group of students to work with


Step 2: Select two parents who work in the community: one who can manage a class of children, and the other who is able to inspire the class about a subject and has a drive to achieve a sustainable goal.


Step 3: Introduce the subject you choose at a level that the class can identify with. You can do this by simply discussing the subject without explaining it, and let them lead and shape the conversation. That will bring you straight to the level of your group.


Step 4: Investigate your subject by going out into the ecosystem of the wider community, which means going out and exploring the world!


Step 5: Give your project substance by creating a platform for presenting it: a newspaper, website, meeting, Donut Festival, musical, etc. Now ideas can pop up and children will start to flow. There are no limits in what they invent as you can include each initiative in your platform, whether it suits or not. Always stay open and connected to your group of students. Leading the project simply means guiding along the way and having an overview.


Step 6: Inspire, motivate and help children to the next level: by asking questions, trusting their knowledge, and inviting the help of professionals or other grown-ups around them.


Step 7: Come to an end with a boom! Share your successes, as well as your failures, with the community. And inspire others to do their own Donut Days!

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    Steve Smith

    Telford, England, United Kingdom

    Corporate Project Management Skills and Project Management bought to bear enabling an escape from the growth mindset to thriving.

    Alexandra Cook

    London, England, United Kingdom

    I'd like to bring doughnut economics into my KS3 Geography / KS5 Politics curriculum. Keen to collaborate with other educators.

    Kevin Shea

    Baiting Hollow, Calverton, New York, United States of ...

    Becoming effective altruistic, seeking to participate in politics of belonging, and doughnut economics

    Stéphanie Gauthier

    Les Houches, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

    My objectives : improve my knowledge of change, take action through the pedagogy of change and resilience

    ELENA PIANI

    Firenze, Toscana, Italia

    UN2030 SDGs, Sustainability, Citizenship, CSR, Circular Economy, Change Management and Societal Transformation

    Meret Nehe

    Bremen, Deutschland

    With a group, we are wondering if and how we could bring the Doughnot to our city Bremen - to make this city even more liveable!

    George Leith

    Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada

    Commonality of Purpose, opportunity to become versed in sustainable practices.

    4 comments
    Pauline Westendorp over 1 year ago

    This is the correct link to the video's of the energiekrant https://www-de-energie-krant.jouwweb.nl/video-s

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    Rieta Aliredjo over 1 year ago

    Love these simple steps and how to easily get to the level of the kids: putting them in the lead! Many similarities with what we do at Stars Are Circular Foundation.

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    Kareen Urrutia about 2 years ago

    This is great, I love the idea of the Doughnut starting to get relevance in schools.

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    Pauline Westendorp about 2 years ago

    yep, We did it in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on the Geert Groote school...

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