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Victoria 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 as part of the Victorian Young Leaders Programs.


What themes will the keynote dialogue delivered by Emeritus Professor Fazal Rizvi cover?  

This 90-minute dialogue will provide context to Global Youth Advocacy Forums, highlighting tensions and complexities of globalisation that we have observed in the last few decades. 

While much has been said in recent years about globalising education policy, it is not always clear what this means, especially now in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis has shown how the virus does not respect national borders, and yet many of our solutions to the crisis are largely nation-centric. The crisis has moreover come on top of the growing realisation of unequal outcomes of the global economy, anxieties about the loss of national sovereignty, rise of populist sentiments, and uncertainties created by geopolitical tensions. In this seminar, Emeritus Professor Fazal Rizvi will discuss how we might now think about globalisation and educational policies and practices that can still realise the potential of cosmopolitan learning and productive intercultural exchange.

What themes will the High Resolve sessions cover? 

Theme One: Identity and Purpose

Students will examine how our socialisation influences the perceptions we hold of ourselves and others and the impact it can have on our interactions with an aim to develop the ability to recognise divisive views and behaviours and practise responding in ways that are inclusive. Students will then be supported to create their vision for society and identify how their actions can help make it a reality.

Theme Two: Just Society

Students will be led through a session to develop their understanding about the uneven distribution of resources. Students will examine some of the causes of this inequality and the link between power and access. This session aims to support students to recognise the importance of both charity and justice solutions and understand what is needed to create long-term change. Students will be asked to identify actions they can take to create a more just society.

What are the requirements and restrictions associated with registration? 

Each school is invited to register one team (minimum of three and maximum of six students) for a total of one forum (two events per forum). If you would like to register for both forums, please email Satoshi Sanada to discuss the option.

Registration opens at 09:00 on 21 April 2021 and closes at 17:00 AEST on 21 May 2021.

How will students and supervising teachers participate?

Each student will participate in the forum via Zoom using their own device. At least one supervising teacher is required to remain connected to the students (e.g., via Google Hangouts or school’s own LMS) or stay in the same room to provide guidance and assistance to students with both online and offline tasks.

What is the commitment of participating students and supervising teachers? 

The GYAF's include a learning component for both teachers and students. As a participating school, a teaching representative will need to attend two forum PD's (90 minutes each) and student teams will be required to attend two full-day events over two-weeks as well as complete a set of pre-forum tasks (approximately 4-5 hours of engagement in total).  

To support participation students and teachers will receive a pre-forum and post-forum task pack.

Supervising teachers are asked to ensure that every student:

  1. Completes the pre-forum self-evaluation at least a day before the forum
  2. Attains electronic consent from their parents/guardians to participate and have their image captured. It is required that this is done prior to the event. Students who do not have consent will not be allowed to participate.
  3. Receives adequate assistance and guidance to complete the pre-forum tasks outlined in the information pack.
  4. Completes the post-forum self-evaluation within a week after their participation in the forum.

The forum information pack, pre-and post-forum self-evaluation and electronic consent will be emailed to the supervising teachers within a few days of registration.

What are the key dates?

  • Keynote dialogue: Monday 14 June (17:00-18:30 AEST)
  • Forum 1 or Forum 2 
    • Forum 1: Tuesday 15 June & Wed 23 June 2021 (09:00-14:45 AEST)
    • Forum 2: Wednesday 16 June & Thursday 24 June 2021 (09:00-14:45 AEST)
  • Post-forum teacher PD: Monday 19 July (16:00-17:30 AEST)

What is the cost associated with registration? 

Participation in the Victorian Young Leaders: Global Youth Advocacy Forums are fully funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training for all Year 9 Victorian students.

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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