Catholic students learn to say it in Indonesian

Catholic students and staff in Indonesian dress at the signing of the memorandum of understanding (CESA)

Language students in South Australian Catholic schools will benefit from a landmark partnership between Catholic Education SA and the Indonesian Consulate General in Sydney.

A joint initiative will see the two organisations collaborating to support the learning and teaching of the Indonesian language in Catholic schools in South Australia and of English in Indonesia.

A formal agreement was signed by Mukhamad Najib, attaché for education from the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra and Dr Neil McGoran, director, Catholic Education South Australia, at a ceremony held at Cardijn College, Noarlunga.

There are nearly 2700 students studying Indonesian in nine Catholic schools in South Australia – four of them in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

The focus will initially be on the learning and teaching of Indonesian in Catholic schools in Adelaide’s southern region, which will then be replicated in other Catholic schools in South Australia where Indonesian is taught.

Through professional learning opportunities, online collaboration, school-to-school partnerships, exchange visits and forums, this initiative will promote equity and social justice to support students to:

  • communicate across cultures
  • become responsible, successful, active and informed local and global citizens
  • become aware that the decisions they will make in the future might impact people and situations in many different environments around the world.

“The Memorandum of Understanding now signed will support the development of intercultural and globally aware citizens for our ever more interconnected world,” said Ludgero Rego, Catholic Education South Australia’s languages education advisor.

“Through enhanced Indonesian learning and teaching, students in CESA schools will benefit from opportunities for online learning, community events and stronger school-to-school relations with our friends in Indonesia.”

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