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Expression of Interest for the ASEAN-Australia Youth Forum (NSW)

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Rydges Sydney Central

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Thanks to funding by the Australia-ASEAN Council, the Asia Education Foundation is hosting an ASEAN-Australia Youth Forum on Thursday, 15th March 2018 in Sydney and inviting secondary schools to express interest in bringing one or more team(s) of 6 students.

The forum is held in the lead up to this year’s historic ASEAN-Australia Special Summit, to be held in Sydney on 16-18 March 2018, bringing together the ASEAN leaders for the first time in Australia.

The ASEAN-Australia Youth Forum is a full-day interactive simulation designed to deepen students’ understanding of Southeast Asia and Australia’s relationship with the region as well as develop their global competencies through role-play.

The ASEAN-Australia Youth Forum brings together Year 9-11 students to discuss and find solutions to regional issues from the perspectives of Southeast Asian and Australian leaders.

Students, working in teams of 6 students per country, represent Australia and one of the 10 Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), namely Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Throughout the forum, they are challenged to present their allocated country’s stance on complex regional issues and use their negotiation skills to reach mutually agreeable solutions. For the purpose of the forum, students focus on 3 regional issues, namely climate change, refugees and trade (2 students per issue).

Students also have the opportunity to hear from and be guided by expert speakers and facilitators, who share their insights about the key issues and opportunities facing the region and the importance of Australia’s engagement with Southeast Asia.

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

Learning Outcomes
As a result of their participation students:

  • deepen their knowledge and understanding of the countries of Southeast Asia and Australia’s relationship with the region;
  • realise the benefits and challenges of regional dialogue, intergovernmental cooperation and conflict resolution;
  • deepen their understanding of regional issues; and
  • develop their general capabilities, including their intercultural understanding, personal and social capability, and creative and critical thinking skills.

Watch how the Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum works and what participants have said about the program here.

Please note there are no restrictions on the number of teams that can be registered from any one school however, places are limited.

Should you have any enquiries about the registration process or program please contact Emeline Gillingham on 03 9035 6766 or via email: e.gillingham@asialink.unimelb.edu.au.

This forum is funded by the Australia-ASEAN Council, which was established in 2015 to generate opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in Southeast Asia.Australia-AEAN Council Logo

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