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Victorian Young Leaders: Global Youth Forums 2023



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Connecting Year 9 Students

Across Victoria





This program is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Education and Training and facilitated by Asia Education Foundation at the University of Melbourne. All Victorian Year 9 student places are fully-funded by the Victorian Department of Education. 



An interactive three-part online learning program for students in Year 9 Victorian schools to connect with peers from a range of schools and countries across the Asia-Pacific including; China, Thailand, Japan, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines
The forums are designed to deepen student understanding of identity, belonging, culture, globalisation, and what it means to be a global citizen.
Throughout the program students engage in a range of activities and regular breakout rooms in small groups with peers from a range of other schools and countries.


In March 2023, just under 1000 students, from 100 schools from 10 countries participated synchronously in the forums. 

This opportunity for Victorian students is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Education and all places for students are funded under this initiative. There is no cost for student places in the program. Victorian schools can register a maximum of 10 Year 9 students to participate in the program at no cost.

Places are limited and expressions of interest are essential.




  EOIs close 5pm Friday 16th June.


  • Expressions of Interest close - Friday 16th June, 2023 5pm

    Teacher Briefing via ZOOM - Wed 9th August, 2023, 3.30-4.30pm
    Student Briefing via ZOOM - Thursday 10th August, 2023, 12.00pm-1.00pm

    Pre-Forum Event (attended by all students): Thurs 31st August 2023, 09.00 am - 3.00 pm

    MAIN Online Forum: CHOOSE ONE of the following to attend (same day repeated 3 times to provide scheduling flexibility) -

    Forum OPTION 1: Fri 1st Sept, 2023, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
    Forum OPTION 2: Tues 5th Sept, 2023, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
    Forum OPTION 3: Wed 6th Sept 2023, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm

    Post-Forum Event: Fri 8th Sept, 2023, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm



  EOIs close 5pm Friday 16th June.



As a participant of the program, students will engage in and contribute to three online components and have the option for a face-to-face or online post program debrief and feedback sessions held on campus at the University of Melbourne or on Zoom. 

The three forum events will include guest speakers, collaborative learning activities and numerous breakout room opportunities to meet peers from a range of Victorian and Asia-Pacific schools to discuss global citizenship.

  • Pre Forum Event: An introductory session with keynote speaker, get-to-know-you activities with other students, an overview of the program and opportunity to connect with students overseas.
  • Online Forum: A full-day event where students will be led through a series of online activities to collaboratively explore themes of Globalisation, Global Citizenship, Identity and Purpose with peers. Students will also use a process of design-thinking to explore a global issue that impacts on their local 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 their solutions 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. Up to 10 students per school.


This forum will be delivered online via Zoom.


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

For all enquires, please email

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Enabling students to interact with different global perspectives, experiences, cultures and apply knowledge and skills to take action and solve problems is an essential step in building capabilities to be active and informed global citizens.  

This forum assists students to explore with their peers from across the State and the Asia-Pacific region what it means to be a global citizen, what skills, knowledge and understandings and capabilities are needed and how we can take action on a global issue to have a local impact.

Throughout the forum they will hear from experts and guest speakers, hear from their peers across the Asia-Pacific, critically examine global citizenship and discuss with their peers issues facing local communities 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 a chosen local issues.

Prior to the forum, teachers and students are provided with briefings and a comprehensive information pack with all activities and learning materials. 


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. 

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