The Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum is a new full-day program run through the Asia Education Foundation. It is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia’s relationship with the region through role-play.
Popular among university students, simulations of international and regional organisation meetings such as Model United Nations are also a great way to engage younger year 8-10 students in contemporary issues.
In this active learner-centred exercise, students are asked to represent and simulate a meeting between the leaders of Australia and the member nations of ASEAN. Throughout the day they will have the opportunity to present their country’s position on some of the issues they, as nations and as a community, are facing; and discuss and propose solutions to these issues. The aim for students will be to reach mutually agreeable solutions as delegates, through negotiation and consensus building, and these solutions will be captured in a final document.
This exciting opportunity will not only deepen students’ knowledge and understanding of ASEAN countries and regional issues, but will also allow them to appreciate and understand what it means to be a global citizen.
Contact the AEF for more information, or to find out how to hold a forum at your school or in your network of schools.