On 23rd and 24th of November SCoA attended the MYAN National Conference held at University of Melbourne. Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) is Australia’s National peak body on multicultural youth issues. This conference was filled with extraordinary speakers and moderators whom explored and shared their views on global citizens, social cohesion and education to work. The conference was well attended and brought together international and local policymakers, practitioners, the youth, academics and the business sector.
The two day conference focused on raising some of the issues that young refugees and migrants face daily and also addressed how these issues can be overcome by good policymaking, research and advocacy.
Jamila attended the panel on global citizenship which looked into what policies and practices will support the young people to navigate and capitalize on global networks. The panel also extensively discussed what role digital technology plays in facilitating education, employment and health outcomes for young people from a refugee and migrant background. It was insightful to hear from the panel and also the participants on how technology has been a tool for the youth to connect around the world. The second day focused on how to better understand young people’s rights and responsibilities in the context of global citizenship.
Monica attended the panel on social cohesion. On the first day, the panel looked into research, policies and practice that will promote a greater sense of inclusion and belonging throughout the Australian nation. Within this topic, the panelists also shared examples of capabilities, innovation and creativity that young people from refugee and migrant background bring to learning, work and civil life. The role of politics, media, including social media in promoting or undermining social cohesion were key topics of day two. The panelist shared insights policies and practices that might achieve positive health and well-being outcomes. The thorough selection of topics and their corresponding panelists were evidently well crafted and well thought.
Jamila can easily state that there was an abundance of knowledge that she personally gained from the guest speakers, moderators, participants and the MYAN representatives. Being around more than 200 passionate participants in the beautifully located Melbourne University for 2 days was a delightful experience.
Thank you MYAN for delivering an excellent conference, we are looking forward to next year’s annual conference!