Students from South Oakleigh College have taken part in forums to discuss globalisation and education in the current

global context. These forums support student voice and students build understanding of the meaning of global citizenship. Through several forums, discussions, and lecture style sessions our students have also explored education in the current global context. We were extremely proud of our students’ successful immersion into the program.

Stav Kantzas

Student Leadership Coordinator


A group of Year 9 students took part in the Global Youth Advocacy Program that is aimed to promote students’ voices, connect young Victorians with their peers locally and internationally, and enable conversations about education within the current global context. This is an important component to the curriculum.  We worked in groups to conduct mini interviews with international students from China on topics around globalisation to gain insights about issues and complexities of globalisation and education.  I had an enjoyable time getting to know and work with the students:  It was great listening to everyone’s perspective on our topic and exchanging questions and ideas to help the students in completing their presentations.

On Monday 14 June, we attended a Keynote Presentation that was run by Professor Fazal Rizvi which focused on tensions and complexities of globalisation and education policy that have existed over the last few decades.  I found this presentation very informative as it helped me to gain a clearer understanding of what globalisation is.  On Tuesday 15 June, we took part in the first forum.  This was an introductory lecture about globalisation and education policy directed by Satoshi Sanada and his team.  We met students from other schools to share our insights and took part in High Resolves ‘Just Society’ which is recognised as a leader in the design and delivery of capacity-building experience for young people.

From this forum, I have learnt that from the government’s perspectives, globalisation is both a deliberate and incidental process.  It is deliberate because there are policies that shape the type and extent of globalisation and it is incidental because there are unintended consequences of government policies, and no one can really predict how people behave and interact with each other.  I also learnt what makes someone a global citizen.  I have found this program very insightful, as it helped me to understand what globalisation is from different perspectives.  Overall, I had an enjoyable time working with my peers locally and internationally.

Greg Acciarito

Year 9 Student