2013 BRIDGE Project applications OPEN
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The Asia Education Foundation is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2013 Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project.
For information and to apply go to www.asiaeducation.edu.au/bridge
The Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement (BRIDGE) Project builds intercultural understanding between students in Australia and our neighbours in Asia through innovative school partnerships. Australian students and teachers are connected with peers in Asia through face-to-face visits and social media. The Australia-Asia BRIDGE Project currently operates in Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea and Thailand.
Applications close at midnight on the 30 September 2012.
NOTE: Australian schools DO NOT need to have an Indonesian language program to be eligible to participate.
Established in 2008, the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project is an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Institute and the Asia Education Foundation. To date, the project has established 80 Australia-Indonesia school partnerships and directly involved 320 Australian and Indonesian teachers. BRIDGE is an important part of the Australian Government’s education partnership with the Government of Indonesia and complements current education priorities around strengthening Asia literacy in Australian schools. AusAID has committed to fund the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project until 2015 with support from The Myer Foundation until the end of 2012.
The objectives of the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Project are to:
1. create and support school-to-school partnerships.
2. improve the intercultural knowledge and skills of all participants.
3. improve the ICT knowledge and skills of all participants.
4. build professional knowledge and skills, including strategies of effective teaching practice, among participant teaching staff.
5. provide particular support to developing Basic Education Program schools in Indonesia.
Professional Learning Program in Australia
Two Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE professional learning programs will take place in 2013 (February/March and May/June). Selected Australian and Indonesian schools will each nominate two teachers to participate in the professional learning program. The Indonesian teachers will visit Australia for three weeks. The program includes:
A two-day professional learning program on building knowledge and understanding of Australia for Indonesian teachers aimed at providing an overview of Australian culture, society, history and education systems.
A five-day professional learning program focused on building relationships, intercultural understanding and use of social media in teaching and learning for Australian and Indonesian teachers to support communication and collaboration, building of school partnerships and the sharing of pedagogical practise.
A 12 day school and homestay program that provides opportunities for Australian teachers and students to interact with Indonesian teachers, experience aspects of Indonesian culture across curriculum areas, establish the terms and nature of the school partnership, plan for future collaboration and share teaching experiences.
A one-day debriefing to reflect on Indonesian teachers experience in Australia and share ways forward for online engagement.