Thousands of Aussie and international students join forces for Youth Eco Summit 2014 at Sydney Olympic Park

29 Oct 2014

Thousands of Aussie and international students join forces for Youth Eco Summit 2014 at Sydney Olympic Park

More than 6,300 Australian and international students joined forces to workshop environmental, cultural and economic sustainability at the 2014 Youth Eco Summit at Sydney Olympic Park’s Newington Armory last week (22-23 October).

Building on the United Nations' 'International Year of Family Farming', the two-day summit saw students from 137 primary and secondary schools participate in more than 50 curriculum-linked hands-on workshops, interactive displays, seminars and presentations – all focussed on creating a more sustainable future for their families, schools and communities.

Mike Bartlett, Manager Education for Sydney Olympic Park Authority, said the annual event attracted a record number of student participants from a wide range of schools.

“With a 2014 action focus on food security and understanding ‘paddock to plate’ sustainability, students really enjoyed the chance to get their hands dirty and share ideas and innovations towards creating a sustainable future with their peers – both locally and abroad.

“A highlight of this year’s event for many students was the opportunity to engage with school students meeting at the University of Malaysia in Penang via interactive video conferencing, which saw them exchanging ideas. Seeing students drive their own learning is what YES is all about,” said Mr Bartlett.

Students around the globe were able to interact in real time with student journalists on the ground at YES 2014 via live chat, thanks to scheduled live streaming sessions of YES 2014 on YouTube.

The two-day event included live video streaming, workshops and displays delivered by 57 reputable program providers including: University of Western Sydney, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Oxfam Australia, Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, National Roads and Motorists Association, Royal Botanic Gardens, various NSW Councils, TAFE institutes and other major universities.

YES, now in its fourth-year, is recognised by the United Nations as a Flagship Project for Transformative Learning and Curriculum Change. It is a joint initiative of Sydney Olympic Park Authority, the University of Western Sydney and the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

Sydney Olympic Park offers more than 30 curriculum-based school excursion programs throughout the year in a unique outdoor setting and focused on hands-on environmental and sustainability education.  For more information on YES and other school programs, see


6,330 – Total student participation, including onsite and online video streaming
2,950 – Students onsite at Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park throughout the two-day summit
137 – Australian primary and high schools represented at the event
937 – International students participated in the YES via video conferencing, including students from 23 schools across Asia (South Korea, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia) connecting with students from 17 Australian schools.
57 – Program providers and showcasing schools
3 – Student media teams, including Rooty Hill High School, Oakhill College and Hurlstone Agricultural High School

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