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Youth Eco Summit 2013 - Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park October 23 & 24

Sunday, November 10, 2013

We had a wonderful experience at the Youth Eco Summit. During the two days we met many students and teachers that are proactively implementing environmental education in their school and community. We facilitated our Healthy Soil, Healthy Life, Healthy Us workshop to students from Year 4 to Year 10. 

Feedback and interest shown by the students and teachers was very positive particularly when we gave them the opportunity to immerse their hands in soil.  

The Youth Eco Summit is a great opportunity for schools to highlight their own ideas and initiatives, sharing and learning together with others. 

In a recent email we received following the Eco Summit, the YES Organising Committee stated highlights and some statistics of the event:

Some highlights were:

  • Attendance and fantastic engagement of Minister Robyn Parker who has since prepared a very complimentary speech on YES for Parliament
  • Live video conference connections with schools and universities in Malaysia, Vanuatu, Alaska and (prior to the event) Germany
  • Student media crews Live Streaming YES to Youtube and hence around the world

Amazing stats are as follows:

  • Approximately 6,600 school students participated in YES 2013.
  • 2519 students onsite over two days (with an additional 300 registered but not attending due to fire affected areas)
  • 76 schools onsite over two days
  • 153 schools participating in total, inclusive of video conferences
  • 55 program providers including 18 showcasing schools.
  • 4070 participants in Video Conferences up to and at the event. Video conference schools, 77 in total, including from Alaska (2), Germany (6) prior to Yes, Vanuatu (1), Malaysia (11), NT (6), ACT (1).
  • 1093 live hits on the launch life feed on YouTube in order of views: America, Vietnam, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Japan, Saudi Arabia, UK, Philippines, Thailand, India, Russia and Spain.

Author: Michelle Carrick, Program Director, Seed Harvest Spoon
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