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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:

“Globalising” our schools?

  • Where is “global”? Here? Out there? Everywhere?
  • Who does the dominant concept of “globalisation” privilege and marginalise?
  • How and in what ways should our schools be “globalised”?


These forums are open to all Victorian Year 9 Students - up to six students from each school per forum.


Forum 4: “Globalising” our schools?
Friday 6 November 2020


Online Delivery
Zoom link to come


Login at 08:45 am for prompt 9:00 start 
Finish at 15:00 pm

Schools may register for a total of two forums.
Should you wish to attend more, please email Satoshi Sanada to express your interest. 


2016 AEF Autumn School


  • Dr Kathleen Turner, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute
  • Mr Mohamad Abdalla, Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University
  • Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
  • Mr Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and previously Director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in NSW
  • Mr Keith Shangare, Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland

Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

Learning Outcomes

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
  • Receive 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.

Please refer to the documents below to assist the selection of forums and students:

Program Funder 

Victorian Department of Education and Training

Program Partner 

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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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