Education

It’s a real buzz to see people bring something to an event that’s broken, and not only leave with it fixed but also leave with the confidence and skills to tackle it themselves next time.

Your events can be amazing centres of learning and fun, but you might also be interested in taking it further and encouraging repair with the next generation. Imagine a future where our future designers, engineers, business and political leaders and more, are passionate about repair and help create a world where it’s the norm – let’s start that passion early.

There are a few programmes that have been developed for taking repair into schools, colleges and universities, which we have highlighted below. And if you know of others, please do contact us so that we can share them as well.

Repair Café in the Classroom

A manual for teaching one or more Repair Café lessons in primary schools. For more resources, contact the Malvern Hills Repair Café (repaircafemalvernhills@gmail.com).

Restart at School

A hands-on enrichment programme that helps secondary school students learn how to repair electronics, develop transferable skills, and fix the planet.

Materials matter

Learn about the materials inside our electronics. Through online and hands-on activities, participants of all ages can discover the hidden environmental impact of smartphones. Disassemble and reassemble a smartphone and learn about the ‘critical’ raw materials. Let’s challenge ourselves to learn how the environment and people are impacted by the production of the things we all buy.

Repair Café’s Global Survey in 2019 revealed that attracting a younger audience is one of the most important tasks that repair groups have set themselves. Linking in with education settings is a great way to build awareness and interest in repair with young people.
We’d encourage you to get creative, whether that’s through:

  • using one of the tools above
  • running mini repair events in your local college or university e.g. sewing repair events with local textile courses during
  • Fashion Revolution week or setting up a bike repair pop-up next to the bike sheds
  • including a ‘tinker station’ at your events, where kids are encouraged to get hands-on with tools, take things apart etc
  • organise specific toy repair workshops and dolls’ hospitals (maybe near a local playground).Have fun and pass on the love and joy of repair!
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We can help!

Whether you're just starting a new repair group or you've been running events for a while, we're here to share our experiences and offer support. Simply get in touch with your nearest network member and let them know what you need.

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Get involved in changing the system

Women repairing

We are involved in the global movement calling for The Right to Repair. The goal is to ensure that everyone has the right to fix the products they own. It aims to change regulations on how our devices are made in the first place, to make them easy and affordable to repair, as well as to expand our rights after purchase.