Australian Embassy

Ten Years of Indonesia-Australia Sister School Partnerships

Media Release

26 February 2018

Thirty-two Indonesian teachers from 16 schools will travel to Australia this month for professional learning as part of the Asia Education Foundation’s Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the program, which supports sister school partnerships between educational institutions in Australia and Asia. In Indonesia, 180 schools from 18 provinces are part of the program.

“At a time when countries are more connected than ever before, it is important to give young people the tools they need to thrive,” said Australian Chargé d’Affaires Allaster Cox. “The BRIDGE program helps teachers prepare students for the future by fostering an understanding of other cultures, enhancing digital literacy and developing language skills.”

Executive Director of the Asia Education Foundation Hamish Curry said schools need to equip young people to become active global citizens. “To do this we need to work with our closest neighbours, speak each other’s languages, and understand our similarities and differences.  BRIDGE aims to go beyond the classroom into communities and families, developing long-lasting connections," he said.

Supported by the Australia-Indonesia Institute, BRIDGE (Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) helps teachers use technology to open their classrooms to the world, and fosters partnerships between students, educators and school communities.

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