Curtin Mauritius co-hosted the Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet Conference
December 11, 2018
On the 30th November, Curtin Mauritius welcomed over a hundred secondary school students from both Australia and Mauritius. This was part of a three days Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet (YPPP) Conference, co-hosted by the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Curtin Mauritius and the Mauritius Commercial Bank.
This project was originally initiated in 2017 by the Australian National University and Questacon, with support from Curtin University, when young Australians were invited to design regional plans towards achieving the 17 sustainable development goals (SDG’s) identified by the UN. In 2018, the project was launched successfully in Mauritius.
The conference was led by the dynamic YPPP Director, Mr Ian Chambers with the support of Prof. David Gibson from Curtin University and was an extension of the initial YPPP programme. Students and teachers from Australia and Mauritius interacted throughout the day to engage in active workshops where they merged and refined their action plans to produce the first ever international Young Persons’ Plan for the Planet.
It was impressive to watch them at work and to see their determination in contributing to making tomorrow better. In his closing speech, Dr. Shafiiq Gopee, pledged the continuous support of Curtin Mauritius and the commitment of the dedicated team of staff and student ambassadors. His key message to participants was to continue to collaborate in order to inspire many more to join the global fight for the sustainable future of our planet.
“The partnership with Curtin Mauritius acts as a platform that enables young people to learn about the SDG’s and to collaborate effectively with their peers in taking care of their communities”
– Prof David Gibson, Director of Learning Futures at Curtin University