The Australia-ASEAN BRIDGE School Partnerships Program
The Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) is investing in people-to-people links through a new flagship education program. The AAC Board Chair, Ms Christine Holgate, launched the Australia-ASEAN BRIDGE School Partnerships program in Canberra on 30 May.
The BRIDGE program connects teachers, students and school communities with their counterparts in South-East Asia, and builds life-long partnerships through innovative programs, curriculum resources and networks.
Teachers participate in professional learning programs that develop cultural knowledge and awareness, improve English and Asian language skills, enhance information and communication technologies skills, and contribute to communities of learners.
In 2016, the AAC BRIDGE program, which is managed by the Asia Education Foundation, will support five schools each from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam to establish partnerships with 15 Australian schools. The program will expand in 2017 to include Singapore, the Philippines and Brunei; and in 2018 to include Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Indonesia has a separate BRIDGE program managed by the Australia-Indonesia Institute.
Over time we expect that the BRIDGE program will contribute to greater interest in South-East Asia among Australian students and school communities, as well as for students from South-East Asia to study in Australia.
Further information about the BRIDGE program is available on the Asia Education Foundation website.