Global Connections: ‘A Tool for Active Citizenship’

As a result of globalisation and changing technologies, young people are increasingly required to engage with the broader world beyond their local and national communities. This raises significant questions about the ways and spaces young people will need to engage as active citizens, and the new tools and resources young people will need to equip them for their futures. The Global Connections Program has been developed to address these identified needs. It is a youth-led global learning initiative that aims to provide an opportunity for connection and learning among young people in Australia and Indonesia. This article explores Plan’s youth-led approach to global learning, with a focus on the implementation and evaluation findings of the Global Connections Program as well as the challenges faced thus far.