Go Global Youth Forums


Due to circumstances surrounding Covid-19, some Global Opportunities programs may be effected. Please contact for further information.

Opportunity overview

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 will develop their 'big idea' through structured design thinking. At the end of the day, each team will be 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 will 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.

A forum is currently planned for Toowoomba in 2020.

Global Goals Primary Forum

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

A forum is currently planned for Toowoomba in 2020.

Program details

This is a school opportunity.

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

Expressions of interest are now open to register with AEF.

Who can apply?​

Queensland state school sector only.

How to apply

Email to express your interest. Places are limited.

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 11 May 2020