Some Essentials of OPEDUCA
basics to better understand the concept
Taking in the Vision underlying The OPEDUCA Project, it's Program elements and Activities, will give you a good impression of the whole concept. Those who truly understand will also 'feel' the quality of the building-blocks it is made of, the norms and rules that apply and the evolving strategy. It is however, when being new to the whole idea, usefull to first get a quick insight in the basics, the outlines  -  to understand where OPEDUCA came from and where it aims at. 

The OPEDUCA Project is an ongoing mission, resulting from the dedication of Teachers, Students, Parents and all with a true heart for Education for Sustainable Development. It has not been created, like so many other initiatives, to be an innovation in education as such, nor has it a commercial goal.
But a game-changing innovation it certainly is


The OPEDUCA Project's goal is to contribute to a more sustainable society through  enhancing, empowering and celebrating youngsters' learning.
Because Schools are key, both in time spend and impact, OPEDUCA became a full-scale transition -concept for schools in the whole range from Primary- up to and including Higher Education.

The OPEDUCA concept is old,
it was there before the modernisations, 'innovations' and 'goeroes' that presently swarm education and schools, often copy-pasting each other and mostly out for status, esteem and financial gain. Over the years The OPEDUCA Project gained qualities as a well-informed and effective 'protection'-mechanism for schools against the abuse of education at large and to enable them to believe in their own strengths again.

Being initiated by ordinary people in daily life, not emerging from one specific sector or interest group, The OPEDUCA Project is not conventional in that it doesn't come from nor does it follow official and more traditional channels of innovation and educational development.
The initiative has been granted support from a range of Ministries, Cities, Provinces and the European Union, as well as from industry and private sources, but always as an independent movement.

The White Dove in the logo symbolises the freedom to Learn, to go wherever the unending journey of ones personal development leads.

"OPEDUCA" being the abbreviation of "Open Educational Areas/regions", the word "Project" refers to the ongoing coordinated collaborative effort of learning and developing OPEDUCA.

The multi-coloured rainbow 'umbrella' refers to the freedom of people of all races, believes, preferences and likings to join, as well as to the holistic integration of all qualities in education, skills and competences.

From - To:

a Whole School Approach to a Whole Education Approach
Environmental Education to Environmental Literacy
Entrepreneurship courses to Entrepreneurial Attitude
Implementing ESD in curricula towards ESD-Based Learning
Nice one-off technology projects to Beta-Integrated Learning
Activities after school-time to Life Long Learning
Citizenship courses to Empowered Personalities
Environmental Education to Learning Outside
Cultural Exchanges to Multi-Cultural Cooperative Learning
Guest Speakers at school to Inn-Company Learning
Visiting the Arts to Creating Talents.

Through the integration of:

Activity Based Learning
Community Based Learning
Integrated Design Thinking
Effective Education for Sustainable Development
Continuous Environmental Education
Entrepreneurial Learning
Entrepreneurship Education
Critical Thinking
Design Thinking and -Acting
Global Education
Social Learning
Global Citizenship
Technology Learning

A Quick Tour through OPEDUCA
We create and implement ongoing future relevant learning throughout the whole educational system

The best way to achieve a more sustainable society is through continuous development of the young. They should have every chance to learn about those themes that will most likely define, perhaps make or break, our future. Therefore The OPEDUCA Project aims at the creation and implementation of on-going learning processes on themes that are most relevant for our ecology, well being and welfare (following the 'Dimensions of Sustainable Development' in stead of People, Planet, Profit). Connecting educational partners from the private and public spheres of our society directly to that learning-process, without in-between organisations, the approach is 100% student focussed and empowers schools to be in charge of education again.  We no longer think in a fragmented development-line of schooling, see the line from primary to higher education as 1 on-going process, bridging schooling with work and leading to live long learning as it continuous throughout careers.

Merging educational priorities into 1 integrated approach

The on-going thematic learning-process molds together and at the same time accentuates the importance of the old fashioned school-subjects and a large arry of present day priorities in education - subjects as Language, Math and Biology flow together with Technology learning, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Education, Cultural Learning, Sustainability and World Citizenship.
Schools basing their education on OPEDUCA no longer need separate programs, projects and stand-alone activities. Improving the quality and effectiveness of education they gain efficiency, save costs and become transparent, open to themselves and to society.

We meet the challenge of educational reform

Coming from a textbook driven and curricula prescripted schooling, future relevant learning requires a quite different approach, process and style of education. One that hasn't been heard of yet and can only be envisioned, designed and re-designed by society itself. Hence by actors in the labour-market, knowledge development workers, politicians, welfare workers, parents, teachers and the young themselves. The first outlines and working practice of this learning cooperately developped, shared and practised, can be seen and experienced in OPEDUCA.
The OPEDUCA Project is not a preach through keynotes emphasizing what is wrong, but an answer to the challenges voiced, a solution by ways of a vision and applicable practice. It doesn't merely point out what is wrong, it looks at what is needed today, tomorrow and in the future and builts from there. In other words - OPEDUCA is not about popular speeching but about taking responsibility and acting accordingly.

Acknowledge the value of the Labour Market in Education

The world of knowledge, work and all the forces that mold and shape our future, is out there. It can be found in companies, science institutes, a mayors' chamber, TV-stations, restaurants and the small blacksmith on the corner of the street. In OPEDUCA all these are Partners in Education. The project found a way to involve relevant partners in the learning process of youngsters, nearby and far away. Therewith OPEDUCA also addresses the political and most of all societal challenge of bringing work and education closer together again, making them overlap through "OPEDUCA Flight for Knowledge" and "OPEDUCA BusinessClass". Coming from industry and the world of work at large, in OPEDUCA companies and schools teamed up, re-valued good working practice dating back decades but lost along the way, created a contemporary approach that will address youth unemployment in a most effective way.

Dare to invest in the professionalization of Teachers

Most of us have and cherish that special memory of a teacher or educator that was able to energize us, give that additional bit of trust, a personality that opened our eyes and made us more confident to study and develop. In The OPEDUCA Project this teacher comes back into view from an holistic 'homo universalis' perspective, bringing the profession back to where it belongs - next to the young learners.
The project came forth with a "Master in OPEDUCA" - program that goes beyond regular teacher training and enables teachers to create and manage the growth and construction of OPEDUCA in their schools. To take ownership of their education again.

Let Industry take it's role in Education

Not only will the call for workers in many countries become louder because of a graying population and growing demands for skills and knowledge, the demands also change. No longer can we take for granted that learning materials, frozen in books or static projects, will match industries' and labour markets' demand. In order to answer that ever developping demand and keep up with it, schools and industry, teachers, managers and experienced workers cooperate in The OPEDUCA Project to find out how tomorrows' needs can be met.
What is now being positioned as "21st Century Skills", is only part of the approach and solution, for this 'new insight' presents skills, competences and personal qualities our ancestors had for centuries already. Not much '21st century' to be found in this next wave of populism when looking through the lens and reality of OPEDUCA.

Trust in the Entrepreneurial potential of Youngsters

Our society is no longer prefab made, a structure garuanteed by the past. It will meet new challenges and opportunities, requiring a next generation of young people who can and dare to turn their ideas into action. Not addressing problems through programs staged by todays' society, their ideas, dealing with their future. It is this shere essence of entrepreneurship that the present day educational system, let alone schooling, still does not recognize and empower. Despite numerous projects, much more needs to be done, a shift in the bare essence of 'school' is called for. Schools and Partners in Education in OPEDUCA structurally integrate entrepreneurial learning and entrepreneurship education in all learning processes, for all youngsters, whether at school or not, anytime, anyplace. 

Reconsider Schooling as such

As long as we keep students (in primary up to higher education) in relative close isolation in x-minute lessons, within walls that limit their freedom to move, teach them subjects as though it are seperate blocks of "knowledge" and merge them with 25 others in apparently homogeneous groups, one can't expect optimal results from education. The alliance of people basing OPEDUCA took off from that insight over a decade ago.
As a consequence of the OPEDUCA-thinking and -acting, schools start to change: management, teachers and students see the opportunities and feel enabled and trusted to change their schools from within. This change in itself became a prerequisite to move on, to make next steps in the development towards an OPEDUCA-based, Open Educational, school. A most challenging process for sure, one that quite some schools couldn't see to an end yet, but there are those that pushed forward, took the barriers and are now surfacing through their own strength. Incurring a change on all aspects that goes way beyond a 'whole school approach'.

Truly see, involve and operate the world as a Global Learning Ground

All that is being developed, tested and put in practice in The OPEDUCA Project, is done so crossborder, even worldwide. This is so for the themes studied, for exchanges between students and for the sake of a global alliance of partners that will eventually realize a global learning space. Respecting the range of differences in policy, curricula, regional and national challenges, etc., in OPEDUCA we found there is one aspect that unites as all - youngsters' development, it is no more and no less than that - so let's do it and learn to develop and live together again. Approaching globalisation for what it can truly be - that's OPEDUCA.

Let the Young Learn,
Anytime, Anyplace, with Anybody, through Any device

If we want to wrap up what The OPEDUCA Project is, aims at and achieves: it is a joint course, a cooperative effort, to have the young of this world learn Anytime, Anyplace, with Anybody and through Any device about those themes that define our future world of knowledge, our labour and society and the way we can treasure an ecology and biodiversity that enables us all to be.

Frequently Asked Questions
(to be expanded)

Over the years and especially now that OPEDUCA surfaces and draws more and more attention, we receive a range of questions, some of which more frequent then others. Although most questions deserve a much more extensive response and explanation, we try to guide you further along through some brief statements that for now must do as an answer. For more information, get in touch.
Can I join The OPEDUCA Project, are there prerequisites, etc.?
Yes, initially everybody is welcome to join The OPEDUCA Project. Please check our 'Invitation for Cooperation'.
Can I make my own OPEDUCA-thing after having gone through this website and looking aroud a bit at some schools working OPEDUCA-based?

No, copy-pasting OPEDUCA is like drawing a Ferrari on a sheet of paper with a blue pencil and then hoping it will make 380.

Can I visit some OPEDUCA-schools to see if and how it works?
You surely can, but we will only support such visit if it is intended to share, to take and to bring, for we believe schools in OPEDUCA-transition should not be exposed to tourism.
Is OPEDUCA the same as the 'Whole School Approach'?

OPEDUCA as from the beginning included all that presently is referred to as the 'Whole School Approach', so it surely covers it. We however don't use that comparison anymore since the term 'Whole School Approach' was kind off hijacked by researchers and commercial organisations to sell it as a new vision or solution to schools.

Can OPEDUCA be compared to Kunskapsskolan?
Only partly - OPEDUCA is about Learning, from there re-designs Education and then has consequences for Schooling; is it fully focussed on the student. Kunskapsskolan is more about a re-structuring of schooling, a logistical re-ordening off class-based and individual education, prescriptive in it's working and the use of it's IT-system while subjects and lessons are generally left in place. In OPEDUCA subjects are completely integrated in future relevant themes. Furthermore Technology Learning, Entrepreneurship, Arts, Citizenship, Internationalisation and Sustainable Development are strategic aspects of learning in an OPEDUCA-based school. Another essential difference is that The OPEDUCA Project is not commercial.
As the CEO of Kunskapsskolan CEO Per Ledin said: “We do not mind being compared to McDonald’s. The aim is to create a low-cost, standardised, easily replicable service which can be sold in multiple markets”.
Is there a 'book' on OPEDUCA that presents the way it works, the instruments, perhaps the way activities should be organised?

No, there is no 'big book about OPEDUCA' - the concept and practice are more fluid and tuned to the Learner/Student in it's individual and regional setting. Compared to prescriptive approaches OPEDUCA is more a set of guiding principles with general value. Practice shows that schools more or less tend to built on these in a comparable way, only from that it might be said there is a way of working that can be transferred to other schools and organisations by ways of an OPEDUCA Program.

I see there is quite some comparance between OPEDUCA and the Technasium.
The 'Technasium' indeed has aspects that seem comparable, it is however not a concept for the whole of education or the school, but more like a new lesson/subject within the regular order of the school (although the claim "We are a Technasium" pretends much more) . The research-aspect of the lesson is OPEDUCA-like, however more organised around classes/groups of students and fewer in variance. In OPEDUCA this kind of learning is all around, not only for a pre-defined part of the lesson-schedule and richer in it's variance, depth and student-focus. In OPEDUCA Technology and Beta-aspects are present in the whole learning process, every day, every hour. Furthermore in OPEDUCA the student defines what the learning/research will be about, choosing from a multitude of companies and other Partners in Education.
Can the OPEDUCA-concept be compared with (New Pedagogies for) Deep Learning (NPDL)?

The OPEDUCA Concept already in its basic form, as described in 2008, includes what New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) presents. In their White Paper (2014) Fullan et al. acknowledge and underline an OPEDUCA-essential when they state: “In a nutshell, deep learning is about individuals and groups really understanding and engaging in something that is important to them, and of value to the world. It uses the changing world as the crucible of continuous transformation”.
'Deep Learning' as such is a term/phrase not used in OPEDUCA because 'deep' should, according to Fullan, refer to the ability of learners to use what is learned in new situations. According to the builders of OPEDUCA this is inherent to learning already - adding 'deep' has no added value.