Mission, Vision, and Impact
MISSION & VISION
Designathon Works is on a mission to unleash the creativity of 1 million children worldwide and to teach them to become changemakers for a better future. We also call on society to recognize creative capabilities of children and appreciate their ability to contribute in finding solutions for co-creating a better world.
A designathon is a structured workshop in which children invent, build and present their self-developed solutions to a social or environmental issue around the Sustainable Development Goals. A workshop lasts four to six hours and is facilitated by education professionals. The Designathon method combines aspects of Design thinking and Maker Education, both approaches which are gaining ground in education systems around the world.
Current educational systems focus on knowledge transfer and lack the know-how to cultivate technological literacy and creativity. This is where Designathon Works steps in to fill the gap. We also call on society to recognize creative capabilities of children and appreciate their ability to contribute in finding solutions for co-creating a better world. By 2023 the target is to have trained 5,500 teachers and 1 million children as global change makers. We are making strides towards this goal by spreading our method and way of thinking through 3 channels described in our theory of change.
Our theory of change highlights two main components of our mission. To Influence society so they see children as co-designers of society and teaching children how to shape their own futures and prosper.
IMPACT & INFLUENCE
In 2017 we have built the foundations of the organization and invested successfully in activities that allow the impact to grow, such as the Global Children’s Designathon. We will continue our current activities and develop some new products and services for the year ahead. All in order to further scale the organization and essentially the impact on children.
Our Impact So Far:
25 nationalities in 35 cities.
We've worked with 60 schools and trained 240 teachers.
3.300 children participated in a Designathon workshop,
They came up with 1.493 inventions in the total of 26.000 workshop hours.