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THE BRIDGE PROGRAM

About

ABOUT

Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnership Program

The Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE School Partnerships Program connects Australian and Indonesian schools in a structured school partnership to foster international connections and build intercultural understanding. 

Each year, 10 Australian and Indonesian schools are invited to join the BRIDGE program to establish a new partnership. Each school can nominate up to two educators from any faculty to participate in the program and manage the relationship with their Indonesian/Australian partner school.

Core components of the BRIDGE program:

  • Establish a partnership with a school in Indonesia

  • International travel and immersion experience for Australian and Indonesian educators to visit their partner schools

  • Participate in a professional learning program with a cohort of passionate educators

  • Host 2 Indonesian partner teachers in your school for a week

Applications for the 2024 BRIDGE Program are now closed.

The BRIDGE Program's Impact

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULM

AITSL Standards

Curriculum Connections

The BRIDGE Professional Learning Program has been designed to address the following AITSL Standards:
 

  • 1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds  

  • 2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

  • 3.4 Select and use resources

  • 6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice

  • 7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities  

The BRIDGE program is open to teachers of any subject and from any level, and has been designed to support the following aspects of the Australian Curriculum: 

  • Cross Curricular Priority: Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia

  • General Capability: Intercultural Understanding

BENEFITS

Build Connections

Collaborate with educators in a reciprocal international visit and cultural immersion (in Australia and Indonesia) to develop your partnership and global competence.

Professional Development

Gain approximately 10 hours of professional development in areas such as cultural competence, design thinking, digital pedagogies and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 

Workplace Project

Develop a workplace project with your Indonesian partner school to strengthen education in Indonesia. This can cover a diverse range of themes/topics that align with your school or faculty goals.

PROGRAM DATES

Virtual Professional Learning Program

The Professional Learning Program (PLP) is a core component of the BRIDGE School Partnership Program, and provides an opportunity for Australian and Indonesian partner teachers to develop their digital pedagogy, share best practice from their schools, consolidate and integrate ideas into a partnership plan and test collaboration during the Indonesian educator school visit to Australia.

Prior to the Professional Learning Program there is an optional 1-1 online introduction between the new partner schools, supported by the BRIDGE team, and a cultural briefing for the Australian educators on the schooling system in Indonesia. The Professional Learning Program is also supported by the Professional Learning Journal, which is a hard copy (digital copy available) journal sent to participating educators with supporting exercises and resources alongside the online program.

*Please note that the timeline below is for Australian schools. Indonesian schools will have additional briefing sessions which can be viewed when the Bahasa Indonesia tab is selected.

1 - 13 Aug 2024

1-1 MEETING WITH PARTNER SCHOOL

30 minute meeting with partner school.

 

Various dates and times will be available, in the afternoons to accommodate time zone differences.

7 Aug 2024

ABOUT INDONESIAS SCHOOLING SYSTEM

3:30PM - 5:00PM AEST​ (QLD/ VIC/ NSW/ ACT)

3:00PM - 4:30PM ACST (NT)

4:00PM - 5:30PM ACDT (SA)

1:30PM - 3:00PM AWST (WA)

14 Aug 2024

TECHNOLOGY TEST (OPTIONAL)

3:30PM - 5:00PM AEST​ (QLD/ VIC/ NSW/ ACT)

3:00PM - 4:30PM ACST (NT)

4:00PM - 5:30PM ACDT (SA)

1:30PM - 3:00PM AWST (WA)

21 Aug 2024

WELCOME

3:30PM - 5:00PM AEST​ (QLD/ VIC/ NSW/ ACT)

3:00PM - 4:30PM ACST (NT)

4:00PM - 5:30PM ACDT (SA)

1:30PM - 3:00PM AWST (WA)

4 Sep 2024

PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES

3:30PM - 5:00PM AEST​ (QLD/ VIC/ NSW/ ACT)

3:00PM - 4:30PM ACST (NT)

4:00PM - 5:30PM ACDT (SA)

1:30PM - 3:00PM AWST (WA)

11 Sep 2024

INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING & GLOBAL COMPETENCE

3:30PM - 5:00PM AEST​ (QLD/ VIC/ NSW/ ACT)

3:00PM - 4:30PM ACST (NT)

4:00PM - 5:30PM ACDT (SA)

1:30PM - 3:00PM AWST (WA)

18 Sep 2024

DESIGN SPRINT

3:30PM - 5:00PM AEST​ (QLD/ VIC/ NSW/ ACT)

3:00PM - 4:30PM ACST (NT)

4:00PM - 5:30PM ACDT (SA)

1:30PM - 3:00PM AWST (WA)

16 Oct 2024

TECHNOLOGY

4:30PM - 6:00PM AEDT (VIC/ NSW/ ACT)

3:30PM - 5:00PM AEST​ (QLD)

3:00PM - 4:30PM ACST (NT)

4:00PM - 5:30PM ACDT (SA)

1:30PM - 3:00PM AWST (WA)

23 Oct 2024

PARTNERSHIP PLANNING

4:30PM - 6:00PM AEDT (VIC/ NSW/ ACT)

3:30PM - 5:00PM AEST​ (QLD)

3:00PM - 4:30PM ACST (NT)

4:00PM - 5:30PM ACDT (SA)

1:30PM - 3:00PM AWST (WA)

8 - 17 Nov 2024

SCHOOL VISIT & HOMESTAY (IN PERSON)

The Australian partner school will host 2 Indonesian teachers for a school visit for 1 week (Sunday - Saturday). The Indonesian teacher will shadow and support teaching alongside their partner educators for the week they are in the school. 

 

The BRIDGE team will support the Indonesian educators to secure a Working With Children Check or exemption in advance.

The school is also responsible for accomodating the Indonesian teachers in a homestay (or supported accomodation). The BRIDGE program provides $300 per Indonesian educator hosted as a small subsidy.

27 Nov 2024

CELEBRATION OF LEARNING

4:30PM - 6:00PM AEDT (VIC/ NSW/ ACT)

3:30PM - 5:00PM AEST​ (QLD)

3:00PM - 4:30PM ACST (NT)

4:00PM - 5:30PM ACDT (SA)

1:30PM - 3:00PM AWST (WA)

HISTORY

Asia Education Foundation

AEF was established in 1992 as an initiative of Asialink at The University of Melbourne and for 30 years has been a trusted partner of the Australian Government, state and territory education jurisdictions, education professional associations, business and philanthropic supporters.

21

210

800

Years of Experience

Schools

Educators

CONTACT

General Program Enquires

 

AEF Office: 272-278 Faraday Street Carlton, VIC 3053, Australia

Email: bridge@asialink.unimeb.edu.au

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MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS

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Alison Vincent

Digital Communications and Marketing Coordinator

alison.vincent@unimelb.edu.au

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