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The Victorian Young Leaders: Global Youth Forum is an interactive three-part learning program designed to deepen students’ understanding of identity, belonging, culture, globalisation, what it means to be a global citizen. 


Enabling students to interact with different global perspectives and apply knowledge and skills to solve problems in real world situations is an essential step in building capabilities to be active and informed global citizens.  

Drawing on the themes of global citizenship, identity and purpose, this learner-centred program, will ask students to identify an issue that impacts them or their school community to address and propose solutions.

Throughout the forum they will hear from experts, explore stories and interact with peers from across the Asia-Pacific, critically examine global citizenship and debate with their peers issues facing education and schooling in the current global context. 

These activities will culminate in a final presentation where students will create a short presentation to each other to address their chosen issue in education.

Prior to the forum, teachers and students are provided with a comprehensive information pack. 


As a participant of the program, students will engage in and contribute to three online components.

  • Pre Forum Event: A live conference incorporating a vignette writing workshop, keynote, panel of international students, second generation migrants, diaspora members and an opportunity to connect with students overseas. 
  • Online Forum: A full-day event where students will be led through a series of online and offline activities to collaboratively explore themes of Globalisation, Global Citizenship, Identity and Purpose. Students will also use a process of design-thinking to explore a global issue that impacts on their local education and school communities and develop some solutions to take positive action on this issue.
  • Post Forum Event: A final showcase where students will present to their peers and receive feedback on their proposed solutions or initiatives to support the issue they selected in the forum.  


Open to all Victorian Year 9 Students in teams of three to six students. Up to 3 teams per school.
Priority will be given to schools that have previously participated in the Victorian Young Leaders program.


This forum will be delivered online via Zoom.


With funding from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, participation in this forum is free for all Victorian schools. 

For all enquires, please email


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

As a result of their participation students will: 

  • appreciate and understand what it means to be a global citizen by critically interacting with the concept of globalisation, comparing diverse perspectives of globalisation, and identifying the ways that globalisation influences their life. 

  • deepen their understanding of the impacts of globalisation on education systems/policies by identifying key issues in education today, and identifying the bias and influences that shape their worldview, and their role in shaping global citizenship. 

  • strengthen their awareness of their own biases and the biases of others and recognise that this awareness is needed to overcome harmful divisions and create inclusive communities; and 

  • identify ways they can respond to divisive views and behaviours and the role they can play in making their vision for the local and global community a reality. 

Key dates

  • Pre-Forum Event: 09.00 am - 3.00 pm, Thursday 26 May 2022 
  • Online Forum: CHOOSE ONE
    Forum 1: 9.00 am - 3.00 pm, Tuesday 31 May, 2022
    Forum 2: 9.00 am - 3.00 pm, Wednesday 1 June, 2022
    Forum 3: 9.00 am - 3.00 pm, Thursday 2 June, 2022
  • Post-Forum Event: 09.00 am - 3.00 pm, Friday 10 June, 2022

Program Funder 

Victorian Department of Education and Training

Program Partner

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The Victorian Young Leaders: Global Youth Forum is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and Training and implemented by the Asia Education Foundation at Asialink, The University of Melbourne in partnership with High Resolves. View a copy of our Privacy Notice here

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