Global Youth Advocacy Forums (GYAFs) consists of four one-day online youth leadership forums for Year 9 students and have been developed in response to the cancelation of the Victorian Young Leaders Program in 2020.
GYAFs have been designed and will be delivered by Asia Education Foundation (AEF), in partnership with High Resolves and under guidance by Emeritus Professor Fazal Rizvi (The University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education) in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training.
GYAFs promote student voice and have the potential to connect Victorian students with their peers locally and internationally and to facilitate conversations about education in the current global context.
In preparation for the forums, students in school teams will interview and collect stories (vignettes) from people in their local communities and their peers in schools in the Asia Pacific region. These schools can include existing sister schools, Victorian Young Leaders (VYL) partner schools and schools within AEF’s network.
These forums are open to all Victorian Year 9 Students - up to six students from each school per forum
Forum 1: “Lifelong learning”?
Tuesday 27 October 2020
Forum 2: “Wellbeing”?
Wednesday 28 October 2020
Forum 3: Equality and equity
Thursday 5 November 2020
Forum 4: “Globalising” our schools?
Friday 6 November 2020
Login at 08:45 am for prompt 9:00 start Finish at 15:00 pm
Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks
The forums are open to all Year 9 students in Victoria. There will be four forums, two in late October and two in early November. Each forum can host up to twelve teams of up to six students to:
Create and share stories from Victoria and Asia Pacific that demonstrate the diversity of identities, experiences and challenges, and produce high quality material for classroom discussions and teacher PDs
Engage in Citizenship and Independent Thinking learning experiences facilitated by High Resolves
Participate in a university-level lecture and workshop on theoretical frameworks relating to the topic of each forum
Gain critical insight into complexities of globalisation and education by using stories from Victoria and the Asia Pacific, High Resolves immersive experiences and key theoretical frameworks
Come up with new questions and challenges concerning education in today’s world
Identify and connect with like-minded teams from other schools to work on shared goals
Learn about and be connected to organisations such as Melbourne Graduate School of Education, VicSRC, and Global Journalism Exchange
Satoshi spent eleven years as a teacher in the state education system in Victoria before joining Asia Education Foundation. He has recently completed postgraduate studies, specialising in Education Policies in Global Context and Student Wellbeing, at Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Having worked in a range of secondary and tertiary education settings in Australia and Japan, his key interests span across the discourses of “globalisation”, “performance”, “wellbeing” and “STE(A)M education”. Satoshi prefers to avoid buzzwords and groupthink; he hopes to create more space and opportunities for critical and independent thinkers in the education systems.
Mia is a passionate educator and a strong believer in its transformative power. Her experiences, both personally & professionally, have reinforced her commitment to providing young people with access to the opportunities and experiences that will empower them to be active and engaged global citizens. This, teamed with a decade of classroom teaching experience in secondary schools, has led her to her current role as Victorian Program Director at High Resolves; a not-for-profit organization with the vision to create a generation of young people resolving to make a positive difference in the world.
Emily is a passionate educator with a number of years of experience teaching in metropolitan and regional Australia, and she recently completed her postgraduate studies in Health Promotion. Emily truly values the transformative power of real-world learning and believes that engaging young people outside of the confines of traditional subject areas can be extremely powerful in shaping an individual’s beliefs and values about themselves and the world they live in. In her role as Program Manager at High Resolves, Emily is responsible for running highly interactive and immersive workshops in secondary schools around the concept of global citizenship with the aim to help young people build social capability towards becoming active and engaged global citizens.
Professor Fazal Rizvi
Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University
Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute
Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University and the Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (QLD Node)
Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and previously Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art NSW
Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland
Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding
The Global Advocacy Forum Forum is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training and implemented by the Asia Education Foundation at the University of Melbourne in partnership with High Resolves.
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