Go Global Youth Forums


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Opportunity overview—delivery by web conference

The Department of Education International supports the development of our students as global citizens by providing opportunities for primary and secondary students to participate in youth forums, offered by the Asia Education Foundation (AEF).

AEF's Go Global programs engage students with Asia and the world, helping them to develop the skills required to navigate and succeed in a globally connected and culturally diverse world.

Go Global programs provide students with the opportunity to:

  • understand the importance of global competencies and capabilities in Asia and other regions
  • explore future pathways for their higher education and career
  • deepen their understanding of local, regional and global issues and consider their role in taking action in the local community, and
  • explore the range of options available to young Australians to further their global competence.

Global Goals Youth Forum (secondary)

The Global Goals Youth Forum seeks to acknowledge the role of young Australians in taking action to solve global issues.

Drawing on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Goals Youth Forum challenges students to deepen their understanding of global issues and develop strategies to tackle these issues. Through considering a variety of contexts and analysing the issue from local, regional and global lenses, teams of students will apply design thinking to create solutions and pitch their ideas.​

Students have the opportunity to engage with industry experts, who will share their insights on global issues that impact the local community and how their work contributes towards achieving the Global Goals, as well as highlighting opportunities for young people to get involved.

Prior to the Global Goals Youth Forum, teachers are provided with a comprehensive information pack, including pre-forum student learning activities as well as suggestions for post-forum activities.

Global Goals Primary Forum

Throughout the Global Goals Primary Forum, Queensland primary school students will use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as the basis to explore local and global issues relating to climate action. They will research neighbouring Pacific Island Nations such as Papua New Guinea and New Zealand to compare environmental issues including climate change, pollution, environmental degradation and resource depletion.

Closely linked to the PISA 2018 Global Competence, students will understand and appreciate the perspectives and world views of others and take action for collective wellbeing and sustainable development.

Connecting students from across Queensland regions, participants will use design thinking processes and metacognitive tools to collaboratively prototype and pitch innovative solutions to the environmental problems they are passionate about.

They will hear from, and work alongside, guest speakers involved in the innovation, entrepreneurship and climate action space and seek feedback and next steps on their ideas.

This online forum will be delivered using the Queensland Department of Education endorsed virtual classroom platform iSee. Students will enhance their technology skills through the use of program features such as creating collaborative content using smart boards, voting on issues using traffic light polls, discussing and debating topics using chat functions, and using webcam and spatial audio features for team interaction, sharing and reflection.

All participants in the program will receive a pre-forum workbook including offline and asynchronous learning activities and resources.

Program details

This is a school opportunity and delivery is online through the Queensland Department of Education endorsed virtual classroom platform​, iSee.

Global Goals Primary Online Forum

Date: 9 and/or 11 November 2021 (schools will nominate the date they will attend)

Time: 8.30am–3.00pm

Target year levels: Year 5 and/or Year 6

Participation: Up to 6 students per team (each team must have a teacher overseeing student participation). Up to 1 team per school on each day.


Cost: The participation costs of state primary schools across Queensland are fully-funded by the Department of Education International, Queensland.

Program inclusions

Funding for schools to submit a team to participate in a full day Global Goals Primary Forum and pre-program iSee upskilling session/s.

Key dates

13 September 2021: Registration opens for Global Goals Primary Forum

22 October 2021: Registration closes for Global Goals Primary Forum

28 October to 5 November 2021: Pre-program iSee upskill sessions take place (schools to attend session/s of their choosing)

9 November and/or 11 November 2021: Global Goals Primary Forums (schools attend the day nominated in their team registration)​

Who can apply?​

Queensland state school sector only.

How to apply

Register for the 2021 Global Goals Primary Forum via Eventbrite​.

For further enquiries, please contact Global Opportunities.​

Global Opportunities
Global Engagement Unit
DE International
Phone: (07) 3513 5756

Last updated 11 October 2021