Otago Youth Forum 2017 is a civics education conference aimed at Otago secondary students with an interest in local and national issues. This two day event will be held in the Hunter Center in the University of Otago Campus on the 23rd and 24th September
This years theme is UN+Surfaced, looking at ways young people can engage in issues and work above the surface of politics to become active citizens.
|Day One 23rd September||Time||Activity|
|9:15AM||Committee Session One|
|1:30PM||Committee Session Two|
|Day Two 24th September||Time||Activity|
Otago Youth Forum 2017 delegates will be divided into groups to address 6 central focus issues as follows:
Education and Youth Development
Education and Youth Development will focus on New Zealand’s formal education system and the role it plays in youth development. Is our education system failing youth? What are the ways we can address this? Is it time to think outside the box?
New Zealand is a proudly multicultural country, and Otago is a proudly multicultural region. Cultural Development focuses on the responsibility of groups and individuals in relations to culture and heritage.In particular, Cultural Development aims to address the unique role of cultural identity in New Zealand’s social development, and how embracing this identity may be able to help combat discrimination and disenfranchisement.
Addresses the questions of what a just New Zealand looks like, and how we go about creating it. Justice aims to explore ways in which to make our justice system more equitable, whilst developing the skills necessary to be an active citizen in order to protect your own rights and those of others.
The environmental concerns facing New Zealand and Otago are both urgent and complex. The Environment focus group will aim to develop a response to these challenges that will address a raft of issues including climate change, pollution and conservation.
Health aims to address many of the pressing health-related issues facing New Zealand. Health is a multi-faceted issue and involves a number of issues including the state of the public healthcare system, mental health, and community and environmental concerns.
New Zealand and Otago are hubs of innovation, and the ability to innovate is crucial to ongoing economic success. The Innovation focus group will investigate the future direction of New Zealand innovation in terms of both scientific and technological progress and the ethical questions that arise from this. What is the impact on the environment? What bio-ethical concerns may arise?
The majority of the conference will be held at the Hunter Centre at the University of Otago. This is found opposite the dental school.
Outreach will be held at various locations over the city.
The expected attire is tidy, non-offensive casual.
Food will be provided over the duration of the conference. This does not include breakfast or dinner on the Sunday.
Josh Meikle – Event Coordinator
Dinithi Bowatte -Relations Officer
Matthew Handford – Educations Officer
Anya Gipp – Registrations Officer
Ciara Swords – Promotions Officer
Scholarships are available to fully fund the registration fees of four students wishing to attend this year’s Otago Southland Youth Forum. To apply for one of these please send an application email to [email protected] including:
- Year of school
- Reason you want to attend the Youth Forum
Good luck! We look forward to hearing from you.