We have partnered with the Asia New Zealand Foundation to provide New Zealand primary and secondary school teachers the opportunity to visit and partner with schools in Southeast Asia to establish lasting relationships that increase their students' interest and study of Southeast Asia.
The Global Schools Partnership Project saw six New Zealand teachers travel to Jakarta, Indonesia, in April 2019. The teachers stayed at the homes of their Indonesian partner teachers and visited their classrooms to get a taste of Indonesian education, life, and culture.
As well as developing personal relationships with their partner teachers, they also plan to maintain long-term online connections between their students. The students will gain insight into their partnering school’s culture and educational system, which will continue to strengthen as the relationship develops over time. Their Indonesian partner teachers will in turn visit New Zealand to learn about our culture and education in June.
SEA CAPE Director Professor Siah Hwee Ang said the project is about building students’ global competence, particularly knowledge of, and connections with, our neighbouring ASEAN countries.
“The ability to connect across cultures, to understand issues from a global perspective or different perspectives, is a vital skill for young people in today’s world.”