Tackling the global explosion of e-waste is one of the most important challenges of our time. The e-waste stream is more hazardous than many other municipal wastes due to the thousands of harmful compounds that workers and communities can become exposed to if materials have not been recycled safely.
Health care providers and NGOs working in the field play a vital role for diagnosis, treatment, research, education and raising awareness of unsafe practices.
Together we can play our part to protect children and their families from detrimental health consequences due to e-waste.
The E-waste and children's health course overarching aims:
- To raise awareness, especially amongst health care providers, of potential toxic hazards associated with e-waste and its disposal and the risks they may pose to children and young workers.
- To help people suspect when diseases may be related to acute and chronic exposures to chemicals present in e-waste or generated during recycling and to consider international actions and local interventions that can prevent children's toxic exposures.
The E-waste and children's health section of the MOOC contains the following topics:
- The toxicity of e-waste
- Effects of e-waste on people's health
- Exposure and impacts on children
- Case studies from China, Ghana and Uruguay
- Management and prevention
- A quiz and summary.
This course fits into the overall MOOC as follows:
In order to help you achieve the learning outcomes (listed on the About the course page), the E-waste and children's health course includes rich e-learning content, videos and links to a range of publications and websites.
We know however that active learning leads to the best results, so we've included a variety of hands-on learning activities, that include research and applying the knowledge you gain, to help you to get the most out of it, including:
- E-waste where I live
- E-waste practices in my area
- Adverse health outcomes
- Poll - How my children compare
- Case-studies - Lessons learnt
- Monitoring in my area.
What else is on offer?
- Interactive questions and quizzes in the learning nuggets
- Downloads to guide you through deeper learning activities
- Community group peer-to-peer discussions linked to the main learning material.
This course was prepared based on the World Health Organization (WHO) training module of the same name, for Health Care Providers working in areas around the world impacted by e-waste.
It will also be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about e-waste and public health, especially children, around the globe.
You do not need any prior knowledge of the topics to complete this course.
This course: E-waste and children's health, was prepared based on the World Health Organization (WHO) training module* ©WHO all rights reserved, in collaboration with EIT Climate-KIC, the UNEP- administered Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (UNEP/BRS), KU Leuven and other contributory organizations:
- International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
- EIT Rawmaterials
- World Resources Forum (WRF).
*See original WHO module and original authors here.
Additional reviews and technical input were provided by:
- Fernando Diaz Barriga (WHO collaborating centre
- San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
- Gloria Chen (WHO consultant).
To complete the course, allow yourself approximately these timings:
Working through the e-learning screens, quiz and survey: 1-1.5 hours
Research, activities and discussions: 1-1.5 hours
In total allow: 2-3 hours
EIT Climate-KIC is a European knowledge and innovation community, working towards a prosperous, inclusive, climate-resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy. We are supported by the EIT, a body of the European Union.
"If we want to support mindset shifts and systems change, we think that it is essential to make knowledge broadly accessible, not only explaining the risks and challenges, but also sharing insights on already available solutions and on how every single individual contribution is crucial for keeping global warming well below 2°."
- Sira Saccani, Director of the Sustainable Production Systems Team at EIT Climate-KIC
Online, self-paced course.
Group discussions in the online community.
Free certificate of completion.
Interactive learning based on World Health Organization (WHO) training module of the same name.
For more information on this course, or to request a certificate for completing all five courses, please contact us by email at: email@example.com
To join this course, all you need to do is select the green Enrol button on this page. If you haven’t already registered on the site, you will be prompted to do this when you enrol.
At the present time, the course is only available in English.
Once you have completed this course you will receive a certificate of completion. You will be able to download the certificate directly from this course page.
If you complete all five courses in the E-Waste Challenge MOOC, you can request a certificate of completion for the full MOOC by contacting us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course: E-waste and children's health, was prepared based on the World Health Organization (WHO) training module of the same name ©WHO in collaboration with EIT Climate-KIC, the UNEP administered Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions (UNEP/BRS), KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium).and other contributory organizations*.
See original WHO module and original authors here
Additional reviews and technical input were provided by Fernando Diaz Barriga (WHO collaborating centre, San Luis Potosi, Mexico) and Gloria Chen (WHO consultant).
*Other contributory organizations:
- International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
- EIT RawMaterials
- World Resources Forum (WRF).
Please refer to the About the Course screens for an overview and breakdown related to the reading, video and activities each course provides. The introduction screen of each individual lesson also gives a guideline time for completion.
We expect that a minimum 1mbps internet connection is needed to go through the course content. For external resources such as videos, a higher speed might be needed (2mbps and above). The course links to various external resources from different platforms like YouTube and Vimeo. EIT Climate-KIC bears no responsibility if there are country restrictions that block video or other content in your location.
All of EIT Climate-KIC’s courses are accessible on smartphone, tablet, and desktop. For some courses, you may also need access to a printer in order to print off work sheets and to complete offline activities. If you have any issues accessing our courses on these devices, please contact our technical support team
When you register on the EIT Climate-KIC portal you automatically become a part of our learning community. You can then use the Group set up for the course to seek help from other community members.
Start by introducing yourself in the Group that has been set up for your set up for your course. You can also add details to your profile and allowing others to get a clearer picture of who you are. You can then engage in open discussions, reply to questions or contribute to a task that has been set up. You can also initiate a new thread yourself. In the community, your active contribution is appreciated and encouraged!
Some universities are delivering our E-Waste Challenge as part of their ongoing curriculum. If you are a student with one of these universities, your tutor may ask for additional work to meet the university accreditation standards – or you may be asked to complete part of the course alongside your other studies. Either way, this is a great opportunity to join in conversations with people from all walks of life who are joining together in their concern over the future of our planet.
The open course is not moderated by a teacher or facilitator. You will find many of your peers are experts in their own fields so do use the E-Waste Challenge Group to ask questions. If you are enrolled into a group as part of a university programme you may have your own teacher.
Yes! You are welcome. We think the course has something for everyone. If you don’t want to follow the course but are interested in getting involved only in the discussions, your presence would be a great help to others who may have questions to ask.
You and your students can use any or all of the materials once enrolled in each course. If you would like your own group area just for you and your students, that can be arranged. Please contact us by email at: email@example.com
No - unless you want to. Many of the activities allow you to read as much or as little as you want. It’s your choice. But it is always good to be able to read quickly to get the key information we need, or just an overall idea of what something is about. The techniques we use to do this are called skimming and scanning, and they are useful in any language. There are many resources online about this; here are two: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/s3/?id=81 http://esl.about.com/od/englishreadingskills/a/readingskills.htm