International School Partnerships
In 2019, we supported Australian schools to unlock new forms of cross-border connections forming an international network of learners across the Indo-Pacific.
PNGAus Partnership Secondary School Initiative
The inaugural PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools initiative connected Papua New Guinean and Australian students, teachers and school leaders to better prepare future generations to thrive in a technology-driven and globally interconnected 21st century. A group of 12 Papua New Guinean and 12 Australian high performing secondary schools, with a total of 144 participants, worked together to strengthen their priority areas of secondary education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), English language, youth agency and leadership, girls’ education and inclusive education. Read more here.
Image: 2019 student participants of the PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools Initiative exploring Scienceworks in Melbourne.
BRIDGE School Partnerships Program
In another formative year for our nationally acclaimed BRIDGE School Partnerships Program, BRIDGE has continued to expand and develop its reach and impact establishing over 60 new international school partnerships across 23 countries.
Highlights for the BRIDGE School Partnership Program include:
- For the first time, delivering the initial Professional Learning Program in Jakarta, Indonesia Bringing together over 30 educators from across Australia and Indonesia for a four-day intensive workshop. The program was followed by a homestay and school visit in both Indonesia and Australia where educators were able to experience their partner school and build the foundations of their partnership and exchanging of ideas, pedagogies and processes.
- Hosted the inaugural stakeholder engagement meeting with representatives from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Religious Affairs, DINAS and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Engaging over 40 leaders from across 13 provinces, the meeting aimed to explore greater linkages between Australia and Indonesia through education.
- Developed and delivered a series of educator workshops across all provinces in Indonesia where BRIDGE schools are located. These events were attended by representatives from the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MoRA) and Ministry of Education and Culture (MoEC) and well as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Image: 2019 participants of the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program at the initial professional learning workshop in Jakarta.
Building on the successful pilot program in 2018, the Pacific BRIDGE School Partnerships chapter expanded include an additional four Pacific Island nations, now working across nine nations in total.
Image: 2019 Australia-Pacific BRIDGE School Partnership Program participants at the official welcome event in Canberra.
Delivered a new series of blended model of professional learning workshops in Sydney and Delhi in partnership with the Australia India Institute, Google for Education Delhi & Australia and ThinkArts. In 2019, the BRIDGE School Partnerships Program also incorporated existing partnerships into the initial learning stages to support greater engagement and upskilling within participating schools.
Image: 2019 Australia-India BRIDGE School Partnership Program participants at the Australian Embassy in Delhi.
To view the full event albums, please click on the above images.
The PNGAus Partnership Secondary Schools is a two-year initiative (2019-2020) of the Australian High Commission Port Moresby implemented by Australia Awards PNG and Asia Education Foundation, a centre of Asialink at the University of Melbourne.
The Australia–Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program is supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
- The Australia–Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program was established as an initiative of the Australia–Indonesia Institute, DFAT and Asia Education Foundation, funded by The Myer Foundation and Australian Aid.
- The Australia-ASEAN BRIDGE School Partnerships Program is funded by DFAT through the Australia-ASEAN Council.