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Thu, 13 Feb 2014 10:09:47 +0000

Top 10 YMP teachers 2013

“If you plan for one year, plant rice. If you plan for ten years, plant trees. If you plan for 100 years, educate mankind” – Chinese proverb

Teachers dedicated to education for sustainable development (ESD) are one of the most important assets in the effort to build a sustainable world.  Consequently, teachers are the cornerstones of the YMP. Their participation is a prerequisite for student involvement in the course.  Active teacher participation adds value and quality to not only their own student’s learning experience, but also to the learning experience of other teachers and students in the global classroom.

The performance of each YMP teacher is reflected in the amount of credits and awards they receive while active in the course. It is based on the level of activity and communication in the programme, and on the performance of their students.

Today the YMP team is honored and pleased to announce the top 10 teachers in the program for the year 2013. The YMP Team with and on behalf of the YMP students thank you for your outstanding commitment, effort and time, commenting our work and coaching us to get a richer education on sustainable development at all registered schools in the YMP around the world!

Top outstanding teachers

Name Location School
Zhongzheng Wang
Qingdao, China
Qingdao No.2 Middle School
Lipika Jena
Berhampur, India
sankalp day boarding school
Kyle Clark
Shenyang, China/Ontario, Canada
Shenyang No.2 High School
Yanli Zhao
Shenyang, China
Shenyang No.2 High School
Bibhu Tripathy
Ahmedabad, India
CEE, Centre for Environment Education
Samsad Begum
Berhampur, India
Sankalp Day Boarding School
Durga Prasad Mishra
Berhampur, India
Sankalp Day Boarding School
Lakshmi Sujatha
Hyderabad, India
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan's Public School - Vidyashram
Madhulika Singh
Ahmedabad, India
CEE, Centre for Environment Education
Daming Wei
Chongqing, China
Middle School Affiliated to Southwest University


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Sat, 10 Aug 2013 05:32:44 +0000

Using vermicompost to recycle organic waste in Turkey

YMP students Utku, Hande, Cagla, Dicle and Bugre, supervised by teacher Belgin Arusoglu, from School Ozel Fen Bilimleri Anadolu Lisesi, in Istanbul, Turkey created a vermicompost system for  schools in coordination with municipalities and local markets.

Students identified a lack of knowledge about organic waste management and vermicompost through a survey conducted in their neighbourhood. They decided to raise awareness and spread the practice of vermicomposting. Students signed an action protocol with the Municipalities of

Kartal and Maltepe to present the vermicomposting method at various schools and organisations. They reached out to factories to learn and obtain basic material for the project.  With the materials in place they began collecting organic waste and converting it to vermicast (a fertiliser) in coordination with schools, local markets, and the municipalities.  The project has reached about 750 people. Its continuation is expected to reduce both municipalities´ annual expenditures in organic waste management.

The group created an informative website (*), distributed posters and brochures, and made presentations at 5 different schools, 2 NGOs, Sisli Science Center for children, and Turkey Science Centers Foundation. Students were able to obtain 100 plastic pots from a recycling factory in exchange for plastic equipment collected at their school. Students adapted the plastic pots, made holes necessary for vermicomposting and delivered them to 5 schools along with 2000 Californian worms from a vermicompost factory.

The system at school: organic waste is sorted and collected at the school kitchen and then buried using the vermicompost pots in the school yards. About 4 students are responsible for the system. At local market: students interviewed local marketers at the organic bazaar in order to gain insight into their views of organic waste and its collection. Following this, students explained the vermicomposting idea and encouraged them to participate. At long last local markets were convinced to coordinate with the project.

To date, 40 vermicomposting pots have been buried in the student’s school yard. The other schools have reported an average of 5 – 10 vermicomposting pots being used at their schools.

The project was highlighted in local newspapers and on the radio. The group continues working with the Project until the end of the year.

Watch a video – and the photos in the news – (*) You may not understand Turkish but the work and fun shown do not need words! (use google chrome or any other translator to read in your language)

Interview with the group!

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Thu, 08 Aug 2013 13:00:35 +0000

My YMP-Story – Writing Guidelines below (download)

At the YMP we believe that the understanding, realisations, and improvements of any person towards a sustainable lifestyle benefits all of us in this planet. The impact is stronger when these are shared.

During the 14 years of the YMP we have heard numerous inspiring and grateful stories from YMP teachers and students around the world. Some stories are deep reflections from students and teachers on sustainable development and others on specific topics in the field.

To capture all these inspiring and insightful stories we have created “My YMP-Story” block in the YMP Blog page. Do you want to share your YMP experience and inspire others? Send an email to us at:

Download the guidelines to write your story

My YMP Story_Guidelines_Students

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Mon, 05 Aug 2013 07:53:30 +0000

Earth Club – Jakarta, Indonesia

The Indonesian group of students; Chenghan (Adam) Hsieh, Christy Zakarias and Wonjun Kong along with their teachers Hani Herawati and Mr Chris from Sinarmas World Academy, Tangerang established an “Earth Club” in the school to reduce their school’s carbon footprint by lowering electricity usage. The project was based on ‘smart goals’ to spread awareness to minimise electricity usage in the school and meet energy efficiency targets. The money saved by reducing the electricity bill was directed to ‘Rights to Act foundation’ and  to sponsor other community service programs at the school. The project did not end with the YMP programme. Earth Club is active at Sinarmas World Academy. It continues to grow in numbers and contribute to change, a core focus of the YMP.

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Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:53:39 +0000

YMP accepted as a member of UNSDSN

YMP is accepted as a member of the UNSDSN We had a meeting with professor Jeffrey Sachs in New York in mid April and in June we had the director for Education of UNSDSN (United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network) Chandrika Bahadur visting us at Lund University for three days. The outcome of these meetings is really exciting for us in the YMP, since we have agreed to investigate how the YMP method and platform could be used to spread information about the coming Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. The project is in an early stage right now, but stay tuned: it will be a whole new era for the YMP and all our students and teachers. Read more about UNSDSN

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Sun, 02 Jun 2013 15:12:27 +0000

Resources Management at School Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya – Kerala, India

YMP Students Aswathy A.S., Indulakshmi Subramaniam, and Dona Eyobe; Supervised by Joyti Gopinathan, CEE staff, successfully completed an ambitious multi purpose project. They introduced 5 sustainability initiatives at their school, and reached out to support a tribal colony at the school´s surroundings.

Fundraising, leadership, and engagement are key elements of this project. The project covers waste management, renewable energy, water management, sustainable lifestyles, biodiversity conservation, and poverty alleviation. Watch interviews: Projecttheir Challengestheir YMP journey.

Waste management and renewable energy. The students  identified the opportunity to use organic waste generated at the school to create energy. With support of the school administration the students were able to construct a biogas plant.

Energy. The group engaged the Principal and school board to buy and install solar water heaters in the dormitories instead of electric water heater at their school.

Poverty Alleviation. Students engaged their whole school (Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Wynad, Kerala) in a fund raising initiative to provide books, food and basic requirements to a tribal colony situated in Kallarikode, a location adjacent to the school.

Sustainable lifestyle. Students promoted the use of cloth and paper bags, instead of plastic, through distributing them to students. They also cleaned the nearby streams, and encouraged other students and teachers to travel in public transport rather than private transport.

Biodiversity conservation. Students took an ecological and holistic effort to preserve the natural environment in the locality. They planted many seedlings endemic to Western Ghats. In cooperation with OISCA International they started nurturing herbal plants.

Water management. In order to make better use of water resources the group constructed check dams across the streams creating a natural water tapping system and allowing the replenishment of groundwater.


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Sat, 18 May 2013 18:15:31 +0000

Student letter – Jatin Garg from Delhi

    Hi everyone……. I am Jatin Garg from Delhi [student group 13:32]
(KVS Keshav puram)

From the utmost deepens of my heart, i am truly very grateful to the YMP to give me such an opportunity. It was my honor to be a part of this wonderful effort to create a sustainable world.

All the way through this divine journey, i’ve explored the world in a new way. Now i am familiar with a brand new face of the society which was earlier untouched by me, and all this is just because of YMP team. It was not just about answering the questions and gaining more and more credits, but it was connecting to the world via some means of people and create a better world to breathe in.

It has changed my thoughts too…. I was coerced to think at a higher level while doing those assignments. Besides of thinking about the profit, now i think about the environmental consequences of my activities. “What impact will it leave on my society?”, “How will it affect the nature?”, “Will it ruin my surroundings?”- These are the thoughts I have in my mind while doing an activity. And i think that is exactly the YMP is about – To create a sentiment in minds that “It is we who will make the future .”

YMP platform gave a higher level to my simple thoughts. It took them to the global level so that every person sitting in some corner of the world have the power to access it. It was due to this global classroom program only that i was able to share my creativity worldwide.

But still, The most remarkable impact that i got was ‘recognition’ among the students. Sorry for being so selfish, But what to do I couldn’t resist myself from mentioning this. Me and my friends were used to be recognized as ‘YMP students’.
And believe me it brings sensation to my ears………..

I would like to thank the YMP team and CEE for bringing this golden opportunity to me. Now i know that i am a better part of Earth and i have the strenght to think beyond the possiblities.

Thanks to you guys………

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Fri, 17 May 2013 14:32:43 +0000

Launch of the YMP Blog page

 Welcome to the YMP blog page at: !
The YMP Blog page brings articles that support, inspire, and bring information useful to YMP students and teachers, and any other person interested in Sustainable Development, Education, Learning, Global Classrooms and settings and Change for a more Sustainable World.
Do you want to contribute to the blog page?
You can write an article on any topic related to sustainable development, teaching, learning. If you are interested send an email to us at:
Another way to contribute:
Tell us what you want to read about! Send your question(s) to us.
Is it a concept on sustainable development? Or do you want tips on something related to studying, learning, teaching or educating, making sustainable development happen…? Feel free to ask!
This blog page, as all in the YMP, is created by all of us and for all of us. Yes.  This means that every student and teacher in the YMP is invited to read the blog articles, comment on them, suggest topics, AND if you desire, you can also write your own article. The page is open!

Contact us at:

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