Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Trip builds understanding of Indonesia in NZ classrooms

Study trip to build understanding of Indonesia in NZ classrooms

Indonesia is New Zealand’s nearest Asian neighbour, the world’s fourth most populous country, and has a rapidly growing economy. But it barely features in New Zealand’s education system – and the Asia New Zealand Foundation has launched a new initiative to help change this.

Eight school principals and teachers head to Jakarta this week [May 1] on the Foundation’s first Indonesia Study Tour, to learn more about the country and establish relationships with Indonesian schools.

The school leaders will learn about Indonesian language, history, society and politics, and meet with the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta and non-government organisations. They will also visit schools in Jakarta and Bali, with the aim of setting up individual relationships between their own school and an Indonesian counterpart.

The participating school leaders are:

• Hampden Street School (Nelson) principal Don McLean and deputy principal Diane Webb

• St Joseph’s Catholic School (Upper Hutt) principal Peter Ahern and senior teacher Chris Steffensen

• Mangere Central School (Auckland) principal Maria Heron and deputy principal Lorraine Makutu

• Wainui School (Auckland) principal Gillian Bray and teacher Nicola Smith

“This study tour is an important first step in building awareness and understanding of Indonesia among New Zealand school teachers,” says Asia New Zealand Foundation director of education Jeff Johnstone.

“It will give them first-hand learning experiences of Javanese and Balinese cultures, which they will be able to use in their classrooms. Once principals and senior teachers have established links with schools, they will be able to help their students engage with children in Indonesia and spark interest in the language and culture.”

Bahasa Indonesia, Indonesia’s official language, is not taught in any New Zealand secondary schools at present. And Asia New Zealand Foundation research published in 2013 found low awareness of Southeast Asian countries among New Zealand secondary school students.

Mr Johnstone says the Foundation is working to make teachers and principals more confident about including Asia content in classrooms, even when they have not been taught much about the region during their own schooling. The Indonesia Study Trip is an important addition to the Foundation’s professional development initiatives for school leaders, which also include tours to Singapore, China and Japan.

Members of the Foundation’s Leadership Network will also be meeting in Indonesia in May. Twenty-one members of the network, some based in Southeast Asia and others in New Zealand, will meet in Yogyakarta to learn more about Indonesia-New Zealand relations and to further develop their leadership skills.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organisation dedicated to building New Zealand’s links with Asia through a range of programmes, including business, culture, education, media, research and a Leadership Network. The Foundation is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. For more information visit www.asianz.org.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

ALSO:

Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Education
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news