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Package Learning Materials on Environment (PLANET)

PLANET and ESD Country Projects (PLANET 3)

● What is PLANET?

Logo of PLANET

PLANET is a Package Learning Materials on Environment. It was designed and launched in 1997 by the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) in collaboration with specialists in Non-formal Education, environment and animation in Asia and the Pacific region, and UNESCO.

PLANET series has four titles of packages on different environmental issues:
water pollution, forest conservation, waste management, natural disaster preparedness

Its purpose is to develop environmental education materials for learners in non-formal and formal education to generate motivation for improving current environmental conditions for the future. It aims at raising environmental awareness and generating a sense of togetherness between nature and humankind throughout the world, thereby contributing to the promotion of the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Its main characters are Mina and her family, who live in a village in Southeast Asia. The characters encounter various environmental problems in their village and work together to solve them.

Water Pollution (PLANET 1)

Video story :

One evening, Mina's family gets food poisoning from eating polluted river fish. Before going to see a doctor, the family's health condition worsens. Mina, having learnt the causes of her family's illness, decides to improve the village environment with the cooperation of other villagers.

Water Pollution (PLANET 1) poster, booklet cover, video cover

poster, booklet cover, video cover

Forest Conservation (PLANET 2)

Video story :

While Mina's family is in the forest, fire breaks out. An environmentalist visits Mina's village and invites the villagers to the field to talk about the forest. Having realised the importance of the forest, Mina and the villagers decide to plant tress in the burned field.

Forest Conservation (PLANET 2) poster, booklet cover, video cover

poster, booklet cover, video cover

Waste Management (PLANET 3)

Video story :

A baby goat Mina's family loves very much dies from eating a plastic bag left in the field. At the same time, some children in the village become ill due to improper waste treatment. These incidents lead the villagers to take action to improve waste management.

Waste Management (PLANET 3) poster, booklet cover, video cover

poster, booklet cover, video cover

Disaster Preparedness (PLANET 4)

Video story :

While Jai is away in his parents' place, a big storm hits Mina's village. Mina and her family manage to weather the storm by evacuating to her neighbour Nora's house, but Jai's parents' village seems severaly damaged. When Mina and her friends reach the village to help out, it turns out that Zac, Nora's niece, is missing after the storm...

After a few days, people in Mina's village start taking action to be better prepared for disasters.

Disaster Preparedness (PLANET 4) poster, booklet cover, DVD cover, guidebook cover

poster, booklet cover, DVD cover, guidebook cover

● Local Versions of PLANET

ACCU's in-country partner organisations localise the PLANET prototypes to suit respective local contexts. Not only the languages but also their formats, content, and illustrations are also modified, where necessary, to meet the needs of local people, culture and environment. In some countries, additional components are developed to enhance the effectiveness of the materials' usage. Many innovative ways of using PLANET local versions have been shared among the partner organisations.

● How to use PLANET

PLANET is most effectively used when all components are used together (video, booklet, poster .etc). As each material has a different educational purpose (motivational, participational, instructional and follow-up), the combination of the materials has a multiple effect. It is possible to use each component singly depending on the plan, situation and needs of the participants.

  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programmes
  • Environmental education programmes
  • Community development programmes
  • Formal and Non-formal Education
To Whom
  • School children / Neo literates /
  • Learners
    - at Community Learning Centres (CLCs)
    - at fairs, exhibitions and conferences
    - at any other places
  • Teachers / facilitators in environmental education programmes
Photo:Camboida children using planet
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