Calling all education practitioners… the Plastic Changemakers programme is here!

There’s an exciting initiative that’s making its way to South Africa called the Plastic Changemakers programme, designed by The Breteau Foundation in collaboration with ZAG and Mediawan Kids & Family. This programme aims to inspire over one million primary school children globally, including those in South Africa, to become ambassadors for responsible plastic use.

Plastic pollution is a topic of great concern for teachers and primary-aged children. In fact, a recent survey conducted by The Breteau Foundation revealed that plastic pollution was named as the most important environmental subject for primary-aged children by teachers. Additionally, 74% of primary school teachers expressed their desire for more training on how to teach environmental and plastic pollution topics.

To address this need, The Breteau Foundation has developed a set of comprehensive and free-of-charge education resources called the Plastic Changemakers Education Pack. This pack contains ready-to-go lesson plans and activities that are flexible and aligned with curricula, empowering children to make a positive impact on plastic pollution. The pack consists of five modules tailored for 7- to 11-year-olds and aims to equip children with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding about plastics and how individuals and communities can use them more responsibly.

Furthermore, in collaboration with ZAG and Mediawan Kids & Family, The Breteau Foundation has co-produced an episode of the popular TV series Miraculous™: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, titled “Action.” This episode showcases how small efforts can make a big impact in the fight against plastic pollution.

Creative and engaging multimedia resources are essential in addressing plastic pollution effectively. Teachers worldwide, including those in South America, the UK, and Lebanon, have shown that using multiple formats such as videos, reading materials, and activities significantly enhances the learning experience for students.

As a non-profit organisation committed to providing access to quality education for all children, The Breteau Foundation aims to inspire and empower primary school children to become plastic changemakers. By equipping them with the right knowledge, the foundation believes it can kickstart a global movement on responsible plastic use.

The Plastic Changemakers Education Pack and the “Action” episode will be available for free download and streaming on The Breteau Foundation website from September 2023. Visit for more information and to register to receive updates.

Teachers face multiple problems when it comes to finding and preparing resources for lessons. The Plastic Changemakers Education Pack has been created by experts in both education and the environment to alleviate this burden, allowing teachers to focus their time wholly on delivering the lessons.

Let’s make an impact on plastic pollution and create a better future for our children!

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