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Building BRIDGES Podcast

Asia Education Foundation (AEF) with the support of the Australian Government is proud to present a new podcast; Building BRIDGES.

Hosted by AEF education experts, the Building BRIDGES podcast not only profiles the innovative teachers and school communities who are shaping the landscape of schooling but also enters into a deep dialogue with those championing the development of intercultural understanding.

Series One

As part of this first exclusive series, join the AEF team as they speak to some of educations best and brightest across the Asia-Pacific region. Sharing innovative ideas, listen in as these educators inspire you with their insights re-counting the relationships, student activities and global perspectives gained from participation in the BRIDGE School Partnerships Program.

Episode One

Principal Gillian Stuart and Bilingual Program Coordinator Karl Krause from Scotts Head Public School discuss the challenges and successes of their bilingual Indonesian program and how they advocate for intercultural learning in their community and beyond. 

Episode Two

Denis Zucchet and Jheny Vilacruz talk about how Jheny’s visit to St Monica’s Epping inspired the formation of a social justice group at her school in the Philippines. Marianne Theodosis and Blesilda Necio share how their online magazine KAIBIGAN connects their students across the curriculum and Sid Bagh reflects on how intercultural and interfaith learning benefits their students and school community. 

Episode Three

In response to the disruption of the pandemic, students from SMA Muhammadiyah in Indonesia and Lorne P-12 College in Victoria turned to collaborative podcasting to continue their relationship. Students from both schools talk about this experience and give insights into intercultural learning. 

Episode Four

Simon Rilua, Principal of Mercy School in Honiara, Solomon Islands and St Edmund College, Canberra teacher Leigh Southwell built their professional relationship on collaboration. In this episode, we hear about how they work together and about how Simon’s visit to Donella Walker's geography class at St Edmund's College inspired an investigation into the water issues in Honiara. 


The Australia-Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program is supported by the Australian Government and implemented by Asia Education Foundation at Asialink, The University of Melbourne. 

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