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



How will students and supervising teachers participate?

Each student will participate in the forum via ZOOM using their own device or in a classroom with a class device. One supervising teacher is required to remain with students both in the same physical classroom and in the Zoom room to provide guidance and assistance to students with both online and offline tasks. 

Does the same teacher need to supervise all three days?

AEF recommend that for consistency and to support students should have the same supervising teacher in the program. However, we understand the nature of staffing and timetabling. It is therefore ok to have different supervising teachers on each day of the program. Please note students need to be supervised by a teacher from the school at all times. 

Do I need to login to ZOOM with my students?

Yes. Please log into the ZOOM with your students as we will place you into breakout rooms with them to supervise.

What is the commitment of participating students and supervising teachers? 

Students are expected to participate in all three components of the forum, pre-forum event (6-hours), one-day forum (6 hours), post-forum event (6 hours) totalling approximately 18 hours. 

We ask a teacher from each school to accompany students online during their participation hours. In addition, supervising teachers are asked to ensure that: 

  • Full name and email of participating students is sent to AEF at least one-week ahead of the program commencement.

  • Students are supported to obtain consent from their parents/guardians to participate and (if agreeable) have signed the media release to have their image captured as part of the program. It is required that this is done prior to the event. Students who do not have consent will not be allowed to participate. 

  • Receives adequate assistance and guidance to complete tasks outlined in the sessions.  

  • Completes the post-forum self-evaluation within a week after their participation in the forum. 

We know that teachers do not have an abundance of time and thus acknowledge that the above support may need to be done by a team rather than an individual. Should any teacher require assistance, they need simply contact the AEF team

What are the requirements and restrictions associated with registration? 

Each school is invited to register up to 18 students and on the last day they will be asked to present in smaller groups of up to three teams (three to six students in a team). 

Do we need to attend the focus groups?

No. The focus groups are optional extras. This serves as an opportunity to meet face-to-face with other students and teachers at the University of Melbourne campus, or online and to provide feedback to improve the program. This is an optional extra but is encourage as an additional part of the learning program for students.

Why do we only choose one of the main forum days?

We repeat the exact same day three times to provide choice and flexibility for schools and timetabling/scheduling commitments. If a school suddenly cannot attend one of these, they can switch to another one of the days.

What are the key dates?

Teacher Briefing via ZOOM - Thursday 2nd March, 2023, 3.45-4.30pm
Student Briefing via ZOOM - Thursday 9th March, 2023, 3.00pm-4.00pm

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
Forum OPTION 2: Thursday 30th March, 2023, 9.00 am - 3.00 pm
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

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

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


What is the cost associated with registration? 

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

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. View a copy of our Privacy Notice here

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