BRIDGE School Partnerships Program
The Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement (BRIDGE) School Partnerships Program is a flagship program of the Australia-Indonesia Institute and is delivered by the Asia Education Foundation. It has operated since 2008.
The BRIDGE School Partnerships Program is an innovative education program that establishes school partnerships between Australian and Indonesian school communities. BRIDGE builds educators’ professional knowledge, capabilities and skills and students collaborate on projects, practice language skills and develop lifelong friendships with their partner school.
The program funds intensive virtual and in-person professional development programs and opportunities, including reciprocal homestays and school visits. The program has established 200 Australia-Indonesia school partnerships and has involved 800 Australian and Indonesian teachers.
BRIDGE recognises that intercultural understanding is essential to equip young people to live and work successfully as responsible local and global citizens. The program supports educators and students to increase their intercultural understanding, real-life digital capability and literacy, and strengthen their regional knowledge and language skills.
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