Promoting Australia-Japan cultural understanding through debating and mentorship program

14 September 2017

Sector: Society and Culture

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: Robina State High School

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Team Australia - Robina High students make lifelong friends with Japanese champion team Shibuya High at the Parliamentary Debate World Congress February 2017. Credit: Michelle Gray

Project description

Robina State High School is a leading Queensland Independent Public School in Japanese Language Education and International Relations and was chosen to represent Australia at the annual Parliamentary Debate World Congress (PDWC) Japan.

The project aims to promote social and cultural understanding through the development of authentic relationships and meaningful communication using the medium of debating.  Students and teachers from Japan and other countries meet in Japan to further this cause.  Respectful consideration and expression of others’ perspectives, (cultural, religious and ideological) is communicated through debate.  Strong intercultural relationships are formed during this time and are proven to be enduring.

By exposing Australian students to Japanese cultural activities and travel experiences, the project aims to foster ongoing relationships with Japan.  Many other countries also attend.  Robina SHS was instrumental in the success of this program through its mentorship program and by promoting the importance of the Australia-Japan relationship and global mindedness.  Robina SHS demonstrates excellence and expertise in Japan, enhancing mutual understanding, friendship and respect for all participating countries.


Key dates:

  • Parliamentary Debate World Congress, Japan, 18 to 25 January 2018
  • Global Peace Studies, Robina High, Gold Coast, 31 July 2017

Social media: Robina State High School: Facebook; Robina State High School: Youtube;

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $17,600.00 (GST inclusive)

Total project value: $17,600.00 (GST inclusive)

Last Updated: 14 September 2017