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Australia-ASEAN BRIDGE School Partnerships Program

The Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC) has invested in people-to-people links through the Australia-ASEAN Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement (BRIDGE) School Partnerships program.

The program was launched in May 2016, running for four years connecting teachers, students and school communities with counterparts in Southeast Asia to build lifelong partnerships through innovative programs, curriculum resources and networks.

Teachers participated in professional learning programs that developed cultural knowledge and awareness, improved English and Asian language skills, enhanced information and communication technologies skills, and contributed to communities of learners.

In 2016, the AAC BRIDGE program supported five schools each from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam to establish partnerships with 15 Australian schools. The program expanded in 2017 to include Singapore, the Philippines and Brunei; and in 2018 included Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Indonesia has a separate BRIDGE program managed by the Australia-Indonesia Institute.

Over time we expect that the BRIDGE program will contribute to greater interest in Southeast Asia among Australian students and school communities, as well as for students from Southeast Asia to study in Australia.

The AAC BRIDGE program was delivered by the Asia Education Foundation.

Teacher Kira Monaghan from Duncraig Senior High School Western Australia working with a student from Sekolah Menengaah Sains Sultan Mahmud - Kuala Terengganu. Photo: Asia Education Foundation.
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