The Australian High Commission welcomed the launch today by the Mauritian Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, the Hon Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, of the Young Mauritians’ Plan for the Planet, an innovative extra-curricular school programme that will enable the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals to young people in Mauritius, at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre.
The Young Mauritians’ Plan for the Planet forms part of an International Programme, the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet, which is a joint initiative of the Australian National University, Questacon (Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre), Future Earth Australia and Inspiring Australia.
The Mauritian project will be implemented in 10 secondary schools across the 9 districts of Mauritius where students will develop an action plan on how to achieve SDGs using business planning principles. The programme is being run concurrently in other countries including Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Fiji, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.
“We are pleased to see the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre and Questacon continuing to collaborate on science education with this new program being championed by the Australian National University. The Young Mauritian’s Plan for the Planet is an excellent tool to promote the SDG goals in schools while developing students soft skills and interest in STEM using real-world challenges,” said Australia’s High Commissioner to Mauritius Ms Jenny Dee.
“We are delighted that Ms Suzy Urbaniak, the 2016 winner of the Australian Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools, is in Mauritius for the launch of this innovative programme and is supporting the partnership between Australian and Mauritian schools, teachers and students,” she said.
Mr Ian Chambers, Director of the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Project, from the Australian National University (Canberra) developed and published “A Plan for the Planet” in 2012 based on his work with global corporates and government around global management and sustainability.
Also present at the launch were Dr Naugah, Chairperson of the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre and Dr Aman Maulloo, Director of the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre.
28 February 2018