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Empowering children to design a better world

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

During a designathon workshop, children learn to design, prototype and present their solutions to the SDGs, and in doing so contribute and co-create a better world.

We are located in the Netherlands and work through a network of partners in 20 countries.

Our 5th annual global event in 2019 was hosted in 40 cities around the world.

Our impact

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COUNTRIES

188

CERTIFIED FACILITATORS

428

TRAINED TEACHERS

75.000

CHILDREN

Recent highlights

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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 to promote creative thinking and changemaking skills as a reaction to the pandemic. In DutchEnglishSpanishSwahili and

Turkish all in collaboration with  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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WINNERS AMSTERDAM  CHALLENGE

May 2019

Primary students of  De Regenboog school in Amsterdam  designed a new learning concept for the library of tomorrow and won the Amsterdam Designathon Challenge Their design will be part of OBA NEXT, the new library in Amsterdam Zuidas, to open in 2025.

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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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SCIENCE TEACHERS TRAINING IN SHANGHAI

April 2019

In April, we spent a week in Shanghai, China, conducting workshop with children and a training sessions for 120 science teachers! Just like everywhere else, children there too are concerned about the planet and love creating and making.

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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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DESIGNATHON WORKS GOES MEXICO

June 2019

Designathon method is now official part of the Mayama education model. Their purpose is to transform the lives of children and their families living in high marginalization and violent conditions.

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EXPO 2020 DUBAI VIDEO

April 2019

Designathon Works is one of the 29 Expo Live Global Innovators of the World Expo Dubai 2020. In this video we talk about children’s creativity and enthusiasm to build a better future.

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