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 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
  • 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—including scholarships, involvement with youth organisations and government initiatives such as the New Colombo Plan.

Global Goals Youth Forum (Secondary)

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

Throughout the forum, students are challenged to work collaboratively in teams of 6 to draw on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development as a resource and develop an understanding of different perspectives through engagement with the documents—The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. In this way, students can develop public spaces, programs, products or services that create inclusivity for our culturally diverse communities.

To find ways to create inclusive communities, students develop their 'big idea' through structured design thinking. At the end of the day, each team is invited to pitch their 'big idea' to the forum audience. Their 'big ideas' are then collated and shared in a report demonstrating the key outcomes.

Students also have the opportunity to hear from and speak with industry experts, who will share their insights about the global issues that impact on 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

Building on the success of its Global Goals Youth Forum for secondary students, in 2020 AEF was delighted to partner with the Queensland Department of Education International to pilot a new Global Goals Primary Forum, targeted at Year 5 and 6 students.

The Global Goals Primary Forum is designed to deepen students' understanding of local and global issues and develop their global competence. Students are challenged to consider 'how might we design sustainable community services for the future?'

Adopted by world leaders in 2015, the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (also known as the Sustainable Development Goals) aim to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030.

The forum brings together students in teams of six to explore some interconnected elements of the Global Goals using design thinking, and propose innovative solutions that could achieve positive change by 2030.

Goals explored are:

  • Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
  • Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

Program details

This is a school opportunity and delivery is online through web conferencing and face-to-face (COVID-19 permitting).

Program inclusions

Funding for schools to submit a team to participate for a full day in a Global Goals Youth Forum (secondary schools) or a Global Goals Primary Forum (primary schools).

Key dates

Applications are closed for 2020.

Program dates for 2021 are to be confirmed.

Who can apply?​

Queensland state school sector only.

How to apply

Application information for 2021 will be provided when available.

To register your interest in hosting future youth forums, please contact Global Opportunities.​

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

Last updated 18 February 2021