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Years Foundation to 10 education and livelihood skills resources

The WithOnePlanet curriculum model provides access to professionally written environmental education and vocational training resources, for both formal and informal education and training settings. The WithOnePlanet school education program has been designed to meet the requirements of the Australian Curriculum for Years Foundation to 10.

Extracurricular resources are also provided to assist schools with programs linking school communities in the Asia-Pacific region.

The inquiry-based teaching and learning method focuses on environmental education through three themes: carbon, culture and citizenship.

The livelihood training materials focus on permaculture and agroforestry to support improvements in food production, health and well-being, food sovereignty, income, livelihoods, environment, soil, and water supply in subsistence communities across the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Livelihood education resources are also provided for people taking up employment, whether paid or voluntary, in Timor Leste. These resources provide historical and contemporary contexts that provide a good background to the political and cultural environment in Timor Leste.

Years Foundation to 10


Livelihood skills


Module 1: Carbon

At a glance
WithOnePlanet’s Carbon Module teaches about the science of carbon, the carbon cycle and the important role carbon plays in our environment, in our lives and in our future.

Student outcomes
Students will gain knowledge and awareness of the science of the carbon cycle and its importance to our daily lives and the planet.

Essential questions
The five essential questions for the Carbon Module are:

  1. What is carbon?
  2. What is the carbon cycle?
  3. What is climate change and what role does carbon play in it?
  4. What is my carbon footprint and how can I reduce it?
  5. What can be done to mitigate climate change on a regional scale?

Module 2: Culture

At a glance
WithOnePlanet’s Culture Module explores the relationship between people, plants and place in the Asia-Pacific region with a particular focus on Australia as a developed country and Timor Leste as a developing country.

Student outcomes
Students will gain knowledge and awareness of culture diversity, history and geography

Essential questions
The five essential questions for the Culture Module are:

  1. What is my cultural environment?
  2. How is my cultural environment different to other places?
  3. What are some of the influences that shape cultural environments?
  4. Why is it important to look after our natural and cultural environments?
  5. How do we look after people and the places they live in into the future?

Module 3: Citizenship

At a glance
WithOnePlanet’s Citizenship Module develops students’ understanding of Australian citizenship and explores our rights and responsibilities as citizens of the Asia-Pacific region.

Student outcomes
Students will gain knowledge and awareness of the power of active citizens in one of the most remarkable events in recent Australian history – the independence of East Timor.

Essential questions
The five essential questions for the Citizenship Module are:

  1. What is Australian Citizenship?
  2. How do our rights and responsibilities relate to each other and the environment?
  3. What are global citizens and what role do they have?
  4. What is the bond between Australia and Timor Leste that generates the interest of active citizens?
  5. What can you do to become a global citizen?

Livelihood skills

The WithOnePlanet livelihood program has a focus on three elements agroforestry, permaculture and Information and communication technology. These three elements produce skills required for survival and then advancement in the 21st Century.

  • Agroforestry is the integration of trees and shrubs into farming landscapes for conservation and profit. It’s all about farmers using trees to improve the environmental, social and economic values of their land.
  • Permaculture generally is the design of sustainable communities. This includes organic agriculture, housing, animal husbandry, forestry, waste management, environmental care and more, and is specific to each environment and population where it is implemented.
  • Information and communication technology is imbedded in most daily activities in the developed world and technological advancement means that the developing world can adopt and adapt to new technology very rapidly. Building the capacity and proficiency of the users of the technology ensures effective and efficient take up and use of new social technologies.
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