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: Melbourne Graduate School of Education) in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training.
More and more schools and teachers are interested in their students “thriving” and “flourishing”. But what these words actually mean are quite unclear. There are in fact many unanswered questions: What does it mean to do “well” and “succeed” at school? Can everyone “thrive” and “flourish” equally? Who decides what sort of students are “good” and should be seen as “leaders”? Should we all be learning the same thing (if so, what?) and aspire for the same thing? Whose voices tend to be heard and more than others, and why?
COVID-19 has significantly disrupted schooling in 2020. Education in Australia and elsewhere in the world will no doubt be different in the future. However, students are often left out of critical discussions about issues affecting them.
The forums provide an opportunity for your team to join with other students in Victoria and in Asia-Pacific, listen to each other, form new connections and start developing actions.
Questions and provocations should be student-led, but below are some of the discussion topics that teams may consider at the outset:
Equality and equity
Why is inequality bad in the first place?
These forums are open to all Victorian Year 9 Students - up to six students from each school per forum
Forum 3: Equality and equity
Thursday 5 November 2020
Zoom link to come
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:
Please refer to the documents below to assist the selection of forums and students:
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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