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Victorian Young Leaders: Global Youth Forums 2023




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Connecting Year 9 Students Across Victoria and Asia-Pacific

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 and Training. 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

The Victorian Young Leaders: Global Youth Forum is 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. Victorian students will have the opportunity to connect with peers from across the Asia-Pacific online during this 3-part program to collaboratively explore these topics. 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 November 2022, 1000 students, 500 from 50 Victorian schools and 500 from 50 international schools from 10 countries participated synchronously in the forums.

 

The forums will be delivered twice in 2023.

- Cohort One in March, 2023

- Cohort Two in September, 2023

 

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 18 Year 9 students to participate in the program at no cost.

Places are limited and expressions of interest are essential.

 

 

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM

 

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.  

  • Post-Program Focus Groups: Victorian students and teachers have the option of attending a one-day event held at the University of Melbourne campus in Parkville to provide student and teacher feedback and inform future iterations of the program.


KEY DATES

  • Expressions of Interest close - 5pm Monday 19th December 2022
  • BRIEFINGS
    Teacher Briefing via ZOOM - Thursday 2nd March, 2023, 3.45-4.30pm
    Student Briefing via ZOOM - Thursday 9th March, 2023, 3.00pm-4.00pm

  • FORUMS
    Pre-Forum Event (attended by all students): Tuesday 28th March, 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: Wednesday 29th March, 2023, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
    OR
    Forum OPTION 2: Thursday 30th March, 2023, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
    OR
    Forum OPTION 3: Friday 31st March, 2023, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm

    Post-Forum Event: Monday 3rd April, 2023, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm

  • OPTIONAL EVENTS -
    Post-Program Focus Group Debrief Sessions (opportunity to provide feedback and shape future iterations of program) :

    Wednesday 5th April (online) 12.00pm - 3.00pm
    OR
    Thursday 6th April (face-to-face at University of Melbourne) - 10.00am to 02.00pm

     



Who

Open to all Victorian Year 9 Students. Up to 18 students per school.

Where

This forum will be delivered online via Zoom.

Cost

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


  Expressions of Interest for Cohort Two - September 2023 - will open soon.

For all enquires, please email aef-support@asialink.unimelb.edu.au


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FURTHER INFORMATION

 

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. 

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

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. 






Program Funder 

Victorian Department of Education and Training







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