The EduFutures pilot project launched in 2020 zoomed in the topic “School of the Future”, aiming to create and to test a methodology for introducing participative futures thinking in primary and secondary schools. Our work was initially based on the approach developed by IFTF – Institute for the Future as part of their extensive research on Future Skills and the Future of Work, and integrated down the line further input from experts and teachers.
We developed a toolkit for participatory workshops with students, teachers and debriefing materials for school directors and parents. The project was significantly affected by the burst of the COVID pandemic but although we had to replan and reschedule several times the planned workshops, we did not give up on the idea of finding meaningful ways to introduce futures thinking in the Swiss classrooms context. The insights we gained during this pilot were used as a basis for developing the methodology and learning activities for Educreators NextGen.
Contributors: Cristoina Riesen – Lead and Methodology Design, Severin von Hünerbein – Workshop Design and Facilitation