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BRIDGE from AEF, Myer Foundation, AusAID and AII
Australia-Indonesia
School BRIDGE Project

The BRIDGE project, announced by Foreign Minister Stephen Smith in Indonesia in August 2008, is an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII) and is funded by the Myer Foundation and the Australian Government through AusAID. BRIDGE is managed by the Asia Education Foundation (AEF) based at the University of Melbourne with support from Australian Education International (AEI) in Jakarta.

The program aims to increase Australian students' knowledge and understanding of Indonesia, particularly the role of Islam in contemporary Indonesian society and further Indonesian students' knowledge and understanding of contemporary Australia.


PRESS RELEASE from Australian Embassy, Jakarta

The new BRIDGE website

BRIDGE in Oz (March 2009)

BRIDGE Reflections (April 2009)

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Kang Guru Indonesia assisted with pre-departure training for the first 30 BRIDGE participants in late January.
KGI and the first 30 BRIDGE participants went to Australia on March 9th, 2009.

BRIDGE from AEF, Myer Foundation, AusAID and AII

The Australia-Indonesia School BRIDGE Project is a new initiative of the Australia Indonesia Institute (AII), funded by The Myer Foundation and AusAID with support from the Asia Education Foundation (AEF).

The program aims to increase Australian students' knowledge and understanding of Indonesia, particularly the role of Islam in contemporary Indonesian society and further Indonesian students' knowledge and understanding of contemporary Australia.

The Asia Education Foundation has partnered the Australia-Indonesia Institute to manage the implementation of the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE (Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) Project.

The project will occur over three years (2008-2010) and will involve 90 Australian and 90 Indonesian educators from 40 Australian and 40 Indonesian schools. The AII has received funds from The Myer Foundation and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to support Australia-Indonesia school engagement.

The Australia-Indonesia School BRIDGE Program


Asia Education Foundation
Myer

AII

Program Goals

  • To increase Indonesian teachers’ and students’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary Australia.
  • To increase Australian teachers’ and students’ knowledge and understanding of Indonesia, particularly the role of Islam in contemporary Indonesian society.
  • To support foreign language acquisition in Indonesian and Australian schools.
  • To support a small cohort of AIBEP (Australia Indonesia Basic Education Program) schools to acquire Internet technologies and undertake basic training related to their usage.

Major activities

  • A visiting Indonesian teachers program – providing opportunities for teachers from Indonesia to spend time in Australian schools, to build their capacity and skills as teachers and to foster school-to-school and personal relationships.
  • Development and provision of online resources and training to support sustainable school partnerships – to support Australian and Indonesian teachers to participate in longer term engagement.
  • Grants to support the implementation of school partnerships – for fostering ongoing links between Australian and Indonesian school communities.
  • Mentoring relationships established between participating Indonesian schools to use technologies in schools and forge relationships with Australian schools.

 

BRIDGE singnatures se the way for action in Surabaya

BRIDGE singing in Surabaya
MOU signing in Surabaya on November 6th, 2008

Media Release - 7 November 2008
Australian and Indonesian Schools Build BRIDGE of Learning and Friendship

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Bill Farmer, yesterday welcomed the signing of a Record of Understanding (RoU) between the Asia Education Foundation and the National Education Department of East Java on a new education initiative which builds links between Australian and Indonesian schools through visits and internet learning.

Teachers from Indonesia will travel to Australia in 2009 to build partnerships with Australian schools, improve their English language skills and receive training on incorporating Information and Communication Technology (ICT) into their teaching.

“I am confident teachers will make the most of this unique opportunity to develop their skills and exchange knowledge and experiences with their Australian counterparts,” Ambassador Farmer said.

 

Ambassador Farmer, with Ogi at KGI's office in Denpasar


All ready to go!

The BRIDGE Project - Building Relations through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement - was announced by the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith, during his visit to Indonesia in August this year.

During the course of this three-year project, ninety teachers from forty Indonesian schools will visit Australia and ongoing relationships will be forged between schools in both countries.

Initiated by the Australia-Indonesia Institute (AII), the project is funded by The Myer Foundation and the Australian Government, through AusAID. The Asia Education Foundation is delivering the program with Australian Education International.

“The Institute is proud this initiative will strengthen intercultural and educational understanding between Australia and Indonesia, as the core mission of the Institute over the last two decades has been fostering friendship and understanding between our two nations,” said Professor Tim Lindsey, Chairman of the AII Board.

Five leading schools from East Java are involved in the project - SMAN 15 Surabaya, SMAN 5 Surabaya, SMA Muhammadiyah 2 Surabaya, SMA Al Hikmah Surabaya and SMAN 1 Sidoarjo.

The BRIDGE Project will provide Australian and Indonesian participants with the opportunities to:

Indonesian teachers:

  • learn about Australian society and culture;
  • further their English language skills;
  • share insights into contemporary Islam in Indonesia;
  • gain an understanding of Australian pedagogical practices;
  • participate in ICT and online collaborative learning training in Melbourne;
  • further their knowledge of ICT in the classroom; and
  • build professional and personal networks with Australian educators and schools.

Australian teachers and their schools:

  • learn about Indonesian society and culture;
  • support their Bahasa Indonesia program (if applicable);
  • gain an understanding of contemporary Islam in Indonesia;
  • learn about current Indonesian pedagogical practices;
  • participate in ICT and online collaborative learning training in Melbourne;
  • further their knowledge of ICT in the classroom; and
  • build professional and personal networks with Indonesian educators and schools.

 

MOU signe din Pontianak for the BRIDGE Program in Indonesia


The Head of National Education Department of Regional West Kalimantan, Bapak H.Ngatman, and a representative from the Australian Government, Felicity Pascoe, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the BRIDGE PROJECT at Aula Diknas Kalbar, Jl Sutan Syahrir, Pontianak (16 October 2008).

Photo Courtesy Ferry / Kun Dian Ribao

 

Kang Guru Pre-departure training in Bali, Jan 29th - 31st, 2009

The first 30 participants at IALF Bali for KGI pre-departure training

The first 30 participants at IALF Bali for
KGI pre-departure training, Jan 29 to 31st, 2009

BRIDGE Pre-departure training

In March 2009 the first thirty participants of the BRIDGE program will visit Australia for three weeks. They leave Jakarta on March 9th together with Kevin from KGI.

The participants will undergo training in Melbourne before going to schools all over Australia. During their two weeks in those schools they will work side by side with Australian teachers and their schools and students. One of the most important aims of the program is to increase knowledge and understanding between schools/teachers so that when they return to Indonesia the proposed BRIDGE sister -school relationships can be developed.

The participants are very excited about going to Australia. For most of them it will be their first trip to Australia. In fact, their first trip overseas. Australia's national airline is providing transport to the Land Down Under.

Kang Guru Pre-departure training in Bali, Jan 29th - 31st, 2009

 

Aaron from AEF in Melbourne taking part in the Bali training with KGI

Aaron from AEF in Melbourne taking part in
the Bali training with KGI

 

Participants in discussion groups an dmainly in English

Participants in discussion groups
and mainly conducted in English
even though some of them are
NOT English language teachers

 

Bring on the challenge!

Bring on the challenge!

 

We are ready!
We are ready!

 

It is a hectic time for all of us

'It is a hectic time for all of us but so much fun', says Aaron from AEF Melbourne

 

Densie Finny, manager of IALF Bali (far left) and Sue Rodger KGI staff and trainer, together with two fo th eparticip[ants

Denise Finney, Manager of IALF
Bali (far left) and Sue Rodger
KGI staff and trainer (red shirt),
together with two of the BRIDGE
participants

 

 

 

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