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Victorian Young Leaders: Global Youth Advocacy Forums


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Victorian Young Leaders: Global Youth Advocacy Forums (GYAFs) return to Victorian schools in 2021, offering a two-day online student leadership experience for Year 9 students.

GYAFs aims to promote student voice and action by connecting with other students in schools locally and internationally, and facilitating conversations about issues in education and schooling in the current global context. The forum will take place online, using a range of collaboration and communication tools.

Students are then supported in amplifying their messages to the wider world, whether through in-person or virtual film festivals, events, competitions, the Videos for Change global showcase, or opportunities with media partners.

The Videos for Change platform provides educators with free resources to help guide students through a structured process to create impactful, shareable messages to raise awareness, build empathy, and inspire action. Or, students can create videos independently.

Teams that participate in the GYAFs in Semester 1, 2021 are encouraged to get involved in Videos for Change by High Resolves, a project-based, real-world, learning experience where students create one-minute videos on issues that are important to them 

The experience builds awareness of global issues, important 21st-century skills, plus a sense of agency and confidence.



Who

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

When

Event One: 15 June & 23 June

Event Two: 16 June & 24 June

Where

Online Delivery

Login at 08:45 am for prompt 9:00 am start 
Finish at 2:45 pm


Registrations close 5.00pm Friday 21 May

Please email Satoshi Sanada at s.sanada@unimelb.edu.au with any questions.


Presenters

2016 AEF Autumn School

Sydney/Melbourne

  • 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

In preparation for the forums, students in school teams will interview and collect stories (vignettes) from peers across the Asia Pacific about issues they see or face in education. These vignettes can be used to explore concepts and themes for Videos for Change during and after GYAFs.

To open the forums, all students and teachers participating will be invited to attend an exclusive keynote dialogue delivered by Emeritus Professor Fazal Rizvi. Hosted online, this keynote will discuss the tensions and complexities of globalisation that we have observed in the last few decades. 

Participating teachers will receive short pre-forum and post-forum professional learning opportunities to guide students before, during and after the forums (see AITSL standards e.g., 2.6, 3.1, 4.1, 4.5, 6.5 and 7.4).

Key dates

  • Registrations close 5.00 pm, Friday 21 May 
  • Pre-forum teacher PD 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm, Monday 24 May 
  • Keynote dialogue 5.00 - 6.00 pm, Monday 14 June Forum 1 or Forum 2 
  • Post-forum teacher PD 4.00 pm - 5.30 pm Monday 19 July 



Designer and Facilitator

Satoshi Sanada

  • Manager, Education Design - Asia Education Foundation

Satoshi Sanada

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.


Facilitator

Allana Duncan

  • Program Manager and Online Learning Coordinator, Australia, High Resolves

Allana Duncan - High Resolves

Allana holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy from the University of Sydney, writing her Honours thesis on the political rights of children. Allana’s previous work experience includes Project Officer and Instructional Designer for HammondCare, a not-for-profit aged care provider. Allana spent her early career working with children in educational settings, as well as holding volunteer positions, working with students at 826NYC and Children of Promise. In her free time, Allana enjoys performing in improvisational theatre.


Facilitator

Rebecca Absalom

  • Program Director, Regional Victoria, High Resolves

Rebecca Absalom

Rebecca is an engaging educator with experience as a team leader developing transitional programs for disengaged young people and mentoring pre-service teachers. Rebecca specialises in participatory learning for disengaged youth and has led programs in Australia and internationally. Throughout her time abroad, she experienced firsthand the power of real-world experiences on young people.


Facilitator

Zey Basarin

  • Program Director, Victoria, High Resolves

Zey Basarin

Beginning her career as a facilitator for an award-winning Australian financial literacy program, Zey worked with over 50,000 secondary school students and 2,000 educators across Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. After taking a “gap year”, Zey decided to shift into the not-for-profit sector and went on to manage national programs educating and inspiring young people to take effective action on climate change and stop the stigma associated with mental ill-health prior to joining the High Resolves team.


Keynote


Dr Brian Adams

Director, Centre for Interfaith and Cultural Dialogue, Griffith University



Panel


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 and the Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies (QLD Node)


Mr Aaron Seeto

Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art and previously Director, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art NSW


Mr Keith Shangare

Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland


Presentation


Dr Indigo Willing OAM

Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research


Workshop


The Asia Education Foundation

This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding


The Asia Education Foundation

This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding


The Asia Education Foundation

This workshop will introduce curriculum frameworks and classroom resources for intercultural understanding




Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

Concept Advisor and Keynote Speaker

Professor Fazal Rizvi

professor fazal rizvi
  • Emeritus Professor - The University of Melbourne
  • Emeritus Professor - The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Honorary Professor - Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University
  • Visiting Professor - University of Turku, Finland







Program Funder 

Victorian Department of Education and Training

Program Partners 

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Confucius Institute




The Victorian Young Leaders: Global Youth Advocacy Forums is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. This series, designed by Asia Education Foundation (AEF) at Asialink, The University of Melbourne, will also be delivered by AEF in partnership with High Resolves and Confucius Institute 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.

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