Who is involved?
In the program’s first year, 20 high schools were selected across Australia and 10 high schools in Mauritius, with one school representing each EcoZone – these covered each countries major cities and regional areas.
Now in its third year hundreds of students and teachers from across Australia, Singapore, India, and Mauritius are involved, some for the first time, some as experienced mentors.
Each school selects around 17 students from Years 9, 10 & 11 and three teachers to build their EcoZone plan and then works with the other schools to integrate these regional plans into the national plan, which is then published, presented and implemented.
When does the program take place and how does the program work?
The program commences at each selected school from approximately March and runs until approximately September and operates over 5 Key Phases:
- Phase 1: 1 month (Calibration and Orientation);
- Phase 2: 2 months (Discovery);
- Phase 3: 1 month (Build EcoZone Regional Plan);
- Phase 4: 2 months (Combine State and National Plans); and
- Phase 5: 3 months (Presentations in each participating country via plan launches and a conference with a built-in SDG Challenge Competition)
What does the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Program involve?
The program operates as an extracurricular program and initially involved 20 schools across Australia and 10 across Mauritius. Each school developed a sustainable development plan for their regional EcoZone to 2030. The schools then worked to combine their individual EcoZone plans into a national sustainable development plan: a Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet was presented in Canberra to the Australian Government in September 2018 and the Young Mauritians’ Plan for the Planet was presented to the Mauritian Government in July 2018.
Over 2019 and 2020 it is anticipated that as well as plans for each participating state and territory of Australia and Mauritius, participants in a Young Singaporeans’ Plan for the Planet and Young Indians’ Plan for the Planet will be trained and mentored their plans developed and launched.
How is the program being evaluated?
Integrated throughout the program content framework and development is evaluation research that examines the impact of the program in developing and achieving sustainable outcomes, as well as attitude and behaviour change to achieving these outcomes.
How will the program move forward beyond the pilot?
The entire YPPP program and website have been developed to be replicable and scalable beyond Australia, facilitating the adoption by schools, local government areas, countries and regions and then globally.
Beyond Australia, Mauritius, India and Singapore there is interest in participation by schools in Zimbabwe, Kenya, Japan, New Zealand, Canada and more. The potential outcome is a global Plan for the Planet, to achieve the successful delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to 2030.