If the youth of today can learn anytime, anyplace, with anybody, through any device on futures' most relevant themes, connected globally, then that is the best way to bring near
a more sustainable world.
Key is to open schools to society, having students learn in real life and acquiring skills and competences with which they will define our future society.
The OPEDUCA Project focuses on the development of youngsters, enabling and empowering them to learn Anytime, Anyplace, with Anybody, through Any Device to create a more sustainable future. The OPEDUCA-concept thereto makes a full-scale transition of education- and school-practice possible, building from present capacity, meeting today's standards while effectuating future possibilities. It takes learning beyond conventional practices by introducing innovative learning methodologies and whole system learning strategies that improve education from within, positioning teachers and students as the owners and drivers of transformation through learning.
Acknowledging a natural order of Earth, Well-being and Welfare, the OPEDUCA-concept starts from these “Dimensions of Sustainable Development” (Eussen, 2007) from which future-defining themes are derived. Primary, secondary and further education are connected through students’ permanent inquiry-, problem- and community learning on these themes, thereby tapping into regional society and global communities in which people and organisations become ‘Partners in Education'. The learning is student-based, the learning an ongoing pathway as a tread throughout and beyond the system.
The OPEDUCA Concept builds on a holistic approach which informs an integrated education.
The themes students generally start to learn about are those that will define our common future and can bring young learners together from all over the world by their universal character (i.e Food, Water, Energy, Health, Construction).
In one continuous flow knowledge and understanding are achieved by developing practical skills and competencies through interactions with the local world in which they live and from thereon with peers in a global learning space. The learning process an ongoing pathway through systems and levels, balancing public and private influences.
The OPEDUCA-concept can be regarded the early application of totally integrated education, starting from a holistic perspective, seeing to a 'Whole Student Approach'. It discerns Learning from Education and Education form Schooling - putting Learning first.