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Empowering children to design a better world

Our mission is to unleash the creativity of 1 million children, enabling them to become changemakers for a better future. 

During a design-athon workshop, children learn to design, prototype and present their solutions to the SDGs.

We are located in the Netherlands and work through a network of partners in countries on all continents. Our 5th annual global event in 2019 was hosted in 40 cities around the world. The next edition starts from December 17th 2020 and concludes on Jan 23rd and 24th 2021.

Due to the Corona pandemic we are changing some ways of working with children around the word.

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Our impact

45

COUNTRIES

195

CERTIFIED FACILITATORS

428

TRAINED TEACHERS

89.923

CHILDREN

Recent highlights

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HUNDRED 2020 CREATIVITY SPOTLIGHT

November 2020

We are thrilled to announce that we have been selected as one of the 20 most inspiring education innovations fostering creativity in education by HundrED and LEGO FoundationRead more

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GLOBAL VOICES OF THE NEXT GENERATION

June 2020

Read our report 'Global Voices of the Next Generation' about children's concerns and solutions to food and climate problems. With over more than 100 solutions designed by children aged 7-12. Download pdf

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CHANGEMAKER CHALLENGE JUNIOR

January 2020

We’ve developed lesson material for the Dopper Changemaker Challenge Junior. An international competition where children come up with solutions for single-use plastic pollution.  Register here.

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CORONA CHALLENGE IN MEXICO

October 2020

With Mayama, our partner in Mexico, 150 children from very marginalised groups took part in the Corona Challenge. And all by phone. One educador said: 'I learned to trust children more and their creative power'.  Short video

CORONA CHALLENGE

May 2020

The Corona Challenge is a great way to engage children in creative thinking and changemaking skills around the pandemic issues. In DutchEnglishSpanishSwahili and

Turkish in collaboration with global network partners.

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YOUNG CHANGEMAKERS AT THE WEF 2020

January 2020

Anne Sallaerts, Managing Director is just back from the World Economic Forum (WEF) and for the first time, WEF  recognized the power of young people as a force for change.Read more on Medium.

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CHILDREN ON POVERTY

September 2020

Yesterday in Rotterdam, with children from the Nelson Mandela school,  we presented a report on the insights and ideas of 164 children to tackle poverty in Rotterdam. Download pdf

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CHANGEMAKERS UNITED SUPPORT PROGRAM

April 2020

Designathon Works is selected to the Changemakers United support program by Ashoka and Zalando, a collective effort to support social innovators at the forefront of the Covid-19 crisis.

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DESIGNATHON WORKSHOP AT THE COP 25

November 2019

"Last week we attended the COP25 Chile in Madrid. Slightly separated from the politicians, and policymakers, we stood in the youth section of the green zone, accompanied by excited visitors that chose to attend our workshop on food and climate action..."
Read more in our blog post.

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RSIN: 853781606
Bank: NL77 TRIO 0197 9551 85

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