Catholic Education South Australia
21 Jun 2024
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CESA signs Memorandum of Understanding to support teaching of Indonesian in schools

Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Indonesia Embassy in Canberra.

Indonesian Language students in South Australian Catholic schools will benefit from the extension of a landmark partnership between Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) and the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Canberra.

The signing of an ongoing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will see continued collaboration between both parties to support the learning and teaching of Bahasa Indonesian in Catholic schools and the teaching of the English language in Indonesia.

Currently, there are approximately 3,300 students from Catholic schools in South Australia studying Indonesian across nine schools, with this number anticipated to increase over time.

This MoU extension affirms the commitment of both parties to encourage interest in Indonesian languages in Australia, cultural exchange and intercultural understanding. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Australia and Indonesia.

Last week, a party of nine guests, including the Consul General, Consulate General Republic of Indonesia, NSW and the Attache of Education and Culture of the Indonesian Embassy Canberra, visited Cardijn College for the official signing ceremony.  

On the same day students from the Galilee campus of Cardijn College were able to take part in the ‘Indonesia Goes to School’ Program. The program, supported by the Indonesian Consulate General, included student workshops on Indonesian culture such as dance, cooking, music, martial arts, traditional Batik art and performance.

The Indonesian Consul General, Sydney, Vedi Kurnia Buana said, “This update signifies a joint commitment to support language learning and the promotion of Indonesian arts and culture in South Australian schools under the auspices of CESA.

“This Memorandum of Understanding is also the basis for educational cooperation that benefits both parties, both through professional learning opportunities, education and collaboration online, inter-school partnerships, exchanges of visits, and various other activities.”

CESA Acting Director, School Quality and Performance, Mark Corrigan stated, “With the extension of this collaboration, it is increasingly giving students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the language, culture, tradition, and daily life in Indonesia.

"The students will feel the impact of the Memorandum of Understanding, signed today, in cultural and language exchanges and through activities held together in CESA schools.”

The signing ceremony was enriched by guest speeches and the performance of Indonesian cultural arts by representatives of the Indonesian community.

Image credits: Lucy Romano, Cardijn College

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