Australia-Thailand BRIDGE Project
Australia–Thailand BRIDGE Project
Learn how three Australian schools are using online tools to engage with their Thai partners.
About the Australia-Thailand BRIDGE Project
Since its establishment in 2013, 16 teachers from eight school partnerships have been involved in the Australia–Thailand BRIDGE School Partnerships Project. In 2014, eight new Australia–Thailand school partnerships will be established.
The project is funded by the Australia–Thailand Institute at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and implemented in partnership with the Thai Ministry of Education and Australian Education International in Bangkok.
Check out the Australia–Thailand Partnerships Wikispace, an interactive online community where participants collaborate and share their exciting achievements.
Educators unite in Bangkok for BRIDGE
On 7 January 2014, nine teachers, three assistant principals and one principal from across Australia arrived in Bangkok to meet their Thai BRIDGE partners and attend three days of professional learning. The group first came together in Canberra in August 2014 so the reunion was met with celebration.
The learning programme in Bangkok included peer-to-peer coaching in ICT, planning collaborative activities, a race around Bangkok activity, sharing collaborative experiences and exploring the impact that the BRIDGE programme is having on classroom teaching and learning practice.
Over lunch, the group met with one of the School Business Partnership project Asia Literacy Ambassadors, Ben Giles. Ben is the trade commissioner to Thailand, resident in Bangkok after a long period in Jakarta. Ben talked about his career journey and the opportunities afforded to him through his Asia skills and capabilities in terms of both language proficiency and intercultural understanding.
The group also received excellent briefings about the bilateral relationship between Thailand and Australia. This included learning about the collaborative opportunities for ASEAN and the Australian curriculum from Dr Wattanapborn, senior advisor at the Thailand Office for Basic Education Commission. Other speakers included Sarah Roberts, acting deputy head of mission at the Australian Embassy, Trudy McGowan, consulate and first secretary, Greg Wallis from Austrade, and Watinee Kharnwong, director of education at the Australian Embassy. Each brought an incredible wealth of information and experience to the BRIDGE group.
The Australian Ambassador to Thailand Paul Robilliard and his wife Hanan also hosted the Thai and Australian teachers at the ambassador's residence. The Australian teachers are now staying in with their Thai partners and spending time in their partner schools across Thailand.
Follow the BRIDGE Project on Twitter at #bridgeproject.
Acknowledgement: The Australia-Thailand BRIDGE Project is supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Thailand Institute which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australia-Thailand BRIDGE is also supported by: Thai Ministry of Education, Australia Education International (AEI) and Australian state and territory education departments.