In 2019, we 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. In June, their Indonesian partner teachers in turn visited New Zealand to learn about our culture and education.

Following these visits, participating Indonesian and New Zealand teachers have been 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. 

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.” 


You can read a Q&A with participating teacher Kim Te'o (Onerahi Primary School) here
You can view a video with participating teacher Nicola Chapman (Otago Girls High School) here 
You can read the full Asia New Zealand Foundation news article here

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