Victorian students will soon have the opportunity to travel to Indonesia for an immersion experience that will prepare them to live and work as future leaders on a global scale, thanks to the Victorian Government.
Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino announced the successful Victorian Young Leaders to China Program would be expanded to Indonesia, giving 40 Victorian Year 9 students and five teachers the opportunity to travel to Yogyakarta in 2019.
The Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia Pilot Program aims to increase students’ Indonesian language proficiency while developing their intercultural understanding and leadership skills.
Students taking part in the program will experience Indonesian culture by attending a local school and visiting historical attractions.
In addition to providing students with a valuable learning experience, the program also strengthens cultural ties with one of Australia’s most important strategic partners and closest Asian neighbour.
The program is a key pillar of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2017 between Premier Daniel Andrews and the Sultan of Yogyakarta, His Excellency Hamengku Buwono X.
The Victorian Government is also piloting a two-year Victorian Young Leaders to India program which will see up to 80 Victorian secondary students and 10 teachers travel to India for a cultural immersion program as part of the recently launched Victoria’s India Strategy: Our Shared Future.
The Victorian Young Leaders Program helps students achieve Education State targets for critical and creative thinking and strengthens their engagement in education.
Source: Vic Government