Who will be 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, Kenya and Mauritius are involved, some for the first time, some as experienced student 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.
When will the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet 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. The international pilot launched 27th February, 2018 in Mauritius and 7th February in Australia and now, in 2019, the program is in its third year and expanding to India, Kenya, Singapore … and beyond! 2019 Conference Tickets HERE Program Download HERE.
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 2 countries and a conference in Canberra, Australia)
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: Young Australians’ Plan for the Planet (Australia) was presented in Canberra to the Australian Government in September 2018; the Young Mauritians’ Plan for the Planet (Mauritius) was presented to the Mauritian Government in July 2018; and in 2019 the Young Singaporeans’ Plan for the Planet will be developed and presented.
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 behaviour 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 adoption by countries in the region and globally. Beyond Australia and Mauritius there is good interest to expand into India, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, Canada and more. 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.