Global Youth Advocacy Forums: "Wellbeing"?
Global Youth Advocacy Forums (GYAFs) consists of four one-day online youth leadership forums for Year 9 students and have been developed in response to the cancelation of the Victorian Young Leaders Program in 2020. GYAFs have been designed and will be delivered by Asia Education Foundation (AEF), in partnership with High Resolves and under guidance by Emeritus Professor Fazal Rizvi (The University of Melbourne: Melbourne Graduate School of Education) in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training.
COVID-19 has significantly disrupted schooling in 2020. Education in Australia and elsewhere in the world will no doubt be different in the future. However, students are often left out of critical discussions about issues affecting them.
The forums provide an opportunity for your team to join with other students in Victoria and the Asia-Pacific, listen to each other, form new connections and start developing actions.
Questions and provocations should be student-led, but below are some of the discussion topics that teams may consider at the outset:
- What exactly does this mean?
- Who is all the talk about “wellbeing” benefiting? Who should it benefit?
- Is “being well” an individual responsibility?
The forums are open to all Year 9 students in Victoria. There will be four forums, two in late October and two in early November. Each forum can host up to twelve teams of up to six students to:
- Create and share stories from Victoria and Asia Pacific that demonstrate the diversity of identities, experiences and challenges, and produce high quality material for classroom discussions and teacher PDs
- Engage in Citizenship and Independent Thinking learning experiences facilitated by High Resolves
- Receive a university-level lecture and workshop on theoretical frameworks relating to the topic of each forum
- Gain critical insight into complexities of globalisation and education by using stories from Victoria and the Asia Pacific, High Resolves immersive experiences and key theoretical frameworks
- Come up with new questions and challenges concerning education in today’s world
- Identify and connect with like-minded teams from other schools to work on shared goals
- Learn about and be connected to organisations such as Melbourne Graduate School of Education, VicSRC, and Global Journalism Exchange.