MSC partners with Vietnam’s School for the Gifted

Bridging intercultural understanding

Manea Senior College partners with  Le Quy Don High School for the Gifted in Vietnam in 2017 to BRIDGE intercultural understanding 
August 30, 2017

This year, Manea Senior College joined  the Australia-ASEAN BRIDGE School Partnerships Program to establish the international school partnership with Le Quy Don High School for the Gifted in Vietnam to improve student-learning outcomes. They are one of 16 schools around Australia in 2017 embarking on a nationally acclaimed program aimed at fostering greater ties between Australia and South East Asia through education.

The Australia–ASEAN BRIDGE School Partnerships Program connects Australian teachers, students and school communities with their counterparts in Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. BRIDGE is a whole school professional learning program that builds teachers' capability through school partnerships to develop intercultural understanding, build global competencies enhance technology skills, and establish sustainable school partnerships and a community network of learners. 

From, the 16-23 August, Manea Senior College hosted  a Vietnamese teacher from its partner school, Le Quy Don High School for the Gifted to collaborate on professional teacher practice and develop strategies to make the most of and maintain their international school partnership. 

‘Cultural intersections are pervasive in our interconnected world. We are exposed constantly to the consequences and implications of these intersections. Being able to make sense of and navigate these intersections is a basic skill for living in today’s world. Through the BRIDGE program we hope to provide our students with a more practical experience to develop ability to compete globally’ Rod Rykers said today.  ‘To do this we need to collaborate with our peers in the region, understand our similarities and differences and establish friendships. BRIDGE aims to go beyond the classroom and develop meaningful and long-lasting people to people connections. Having Ms Le Pham Lien Chi visit MSC was a wonderful experience for our students. Our English as a Second Language Teacher, Melissa Tapper, will visit our partner school during the holidays to cement this important partnership between our classrooms.’

Participating schools across Australia report many positive outcomes from their involvement in the BRIDGE, such as increased interest in languages, a deeper understanding of the region and the establishment of long-distance friendships between students in Australia and South East Asia.

The Australia-ASEAN BRIDGE Schools Partnership Program has been running for two years with funding from the Commonwealth through the Australia-ASEAN Council, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The broader Australia-Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships was established in 2008 and has connected over 330 schools in Australia with schools across Asia.

About Asia Education Foundation

Asia Education Foundation (AEF) is Australia’s premier organisation supporting schools to educate a new generation of globally competent and Asia capable young Australians. AEF is focused on ensuring that all Australian students develop a deep understanding of Australia and our place in the world, intercultural understanding and language skills to communicate and collaborate with the peoples of Asia and the world. AEF is a national not-for-profit initiative of Asialink at The University of Melbourne.

About Australia-ASEAN Council

The Australia-ASEAN Council (AAC), launched by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on 8 September 2015, will generate opportunities for Australian business, education, science and innovation and the arts to work with partners in South-East Asia. The Council's mission will be to increase knowledge and promote Australia's interests in South-East Asia by initiating and supporting activities designed to enhance awareness, understanding and links between people and institutions in Australia and ten South-East Asian countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


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