Program Overview

Who will be involved?

20 schools will be selected across Australia with one school representing each EcoZone, that will cover all major Australian city and regional areas.

Each school will select a minimum of 12 students from Years 9, 10 & 11 and three teachers to build their EcoZone plan and then work with the other schools, to integrate these regional plans into the national plan.

When will the Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet pilot program be taking place?

The program launched on 12 August, 2016 at a Q&A event at Questacon, Canberra as part of the United Nations International Youth Day.

How will the pilot program work?

The program will commence at each selected school from 28 November 2016 until 31 July 2017 and will operate over 5 Key Phases:

  • Phase 1: November – December 2016 (Calibration and Orientation);
  • Phase 2: January – April 2017 (Discovery);
  • Phase 3: April – May 2017 (Build EcoZone Regional Plan);
  • Phase 4: June – July 2017 (Combine National Plan); and
  • Phase 5: July – August 2017 (Presentation to Canberra)

What does the Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet Program involve?

The Australian pilot program will operate as an extracurricular program, involving 20 schools across Australia. Each school will develop a sustainable development plan for their regional EcoZone to 2030. The schools will then work to combine their individual EcoZone plans into a national sustainable development plan: Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet (Australia), that will be presented to Canberra in Science Week August 2017.

How will the program be evaluated?

Integrated throughout the program content framework and development, is evaluation research that will examine the effectiveness of the program in developing and achieving sustainable outcomes, as well as attitude and behavior change to achieving these outcomes.

How will the program move forward beyond the pilot?

The program and website have been developed to be replicable and scalable beyond Australia – facilitating the potential adoption by other countries in the region and globally. The potential outcome over a 3-year period is a global Plan for the Planet, to achieve the successful delivery of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to 2030.

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