Program Overview

Who will be involved?

20 high schools will be selected across Australia and 10 high schools in Mauritius with one school representing each EcoZone, that will cover each countries major cities and regional areas.

Each school will select around 17 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 Persons’ Plan for the Planet pilot program be taking place?

The pilot 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 will launch 27th February, 2018 in Mauritius and 7th February in Australia.

How will the pilot program work?

The program will commence at each selected school from March 2018 until August 2018 and will operate over 5 Key Phases:

  • Phase 1: March 2018 (Calibration and Orientation);
  • Phase 2: March – April 2018 (Discovery);
  • Phase 3: May 2018 (Build EcoZone Regional Plan);
  • Phase 4: June 2018 (Combine National Plan); and
  • Phase 5: July 2018 (Presentation to Federal Parliament)

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

The 2018 program operates as an extracurricular program, involving 20 schools across Australia and 9 across Mauritius. 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 and Young Mauritians’ Plan for the Planet (Mauritius), that will be presented to their Parliament in 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 adoption by other countries in the region and globally. Beyond Australia and Mauritius there is good interest to expand into Zimbabwe, Kenya, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand and Canada. 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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