Into Indonesia Tours

Into Indonesia, A Guided Tour for WA Secondary School Leaders 

The aim of this project is to provide the following: 
  1. An in-country visit for school leaders to develop contemporary knowledge of Indonesia so as to stimulate whole school approaches to the development of Asia literacy in which to contextualise and build Indonesian language; 
  2. Assistance to school leaders in developing and implementing a whole school action plan focusing on Indonesian language and Asia literacy in their schools upon the completion of their in-country visit. 

Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth (Inc) through funding from the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations is actively involved in introducing Indonesia on a range of levels to Australians from all walks of life. 

We are pleased to invite leaders of Western Australian secondary schools to submit an expression of interest to join with educators and leaders from both Australia and Indonesia on a 12 day guided introductory tour across Java, Indonesia in September/October 2013. Tour costs including transport, accommodation (single room in mid-range hotels) and meals are funded by Balai Bahasa Indonesia Perth (Inc). Personal costs such as travel insurance, passport and visa, some meals and personal daily living costs) will be the responsibility of individual participants. An expression of interest form is attached or available at . This tour is specifically for school principals but if the principal is unavailable Deputy Principals will be considered. 

There is a saying in Indonesian: “Tak kenal maka tak sayang”, which literally means, “We don’t know it therefore we don’t care for it” or “what you don’t know, you can’t love”. Meaning more broadly, if we don’t take the time to really get to know a person, place or thing, we tend to ignore it, not pay any serious attention to it, or simply dislike it. For us in Australia this saying could often be applied to our relationship with Indonesia. 

There is one Asian country whose rise will change our world dramatically: Indonesia. A neighbour of its size and location should be a big preoccupation, but most Australians tend to look over it to the great powers of the northern Pacific. Australia’s capacity as a nation to understand Indonesia, to speak its language, and to understand what makes it tick has been in decline for decades. We are a long way from being ready to deal with the Indonesia of the 2020s. Excerpts from Michael Wesley Executive Director of the Lowy Institute, Sept 2010.
According to a recent Bloomberg article, Indonesia’s 240 million people are currently “basking in a consumer and resources driven boom.” There are tens of millions of households on the brink of making the leap into the bankable class, the report enthuses. These emerging middle income earners – said to number 35 million – are proving eager and discerning consumers, who will seek out and pay for quality. They are a key driver of the Indonesian economy, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, which grew more than 6% for a fourth straight quarter in the three months to September 2011. The Indonesian economy has been growing strongly for most of this century and most economists are optimistic that it will continue for some time. 

The opportunities and the need for young people who speak and understand Indonesian language and cultures are increasing rapidly. Western Australia, with its proximity to the main hubs in Indonesia is ideally placed for its secondary schools in particular, to lead Australia in producing young people who are Asia literate and skilled in communicating in Indonesian having knowledge of how to interact with Indonesians. Unfortunately though, the number of secondary schools in WA with Indonesian language programs in senior secondary (or even past year nine) remains extremely low and sadly decreasing. BBIP Principals’ Into Indonesia Tour Sept/Oct 2013 funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program”.Page 1 Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia Perth Western Australia.  

If you are a principal of a secondary school or know a principal who may be interested please pass this information on. We are seeking principals to introduce and/or expand an Indonesian language and culture program in their school. This amazing opportunity will not only provide leaders with a snapshot of contemporary Indonesian life intertwined with cultural traditions, it will enable them to have first-hand experience working in educational and broader contexts which highlight Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia, an important cross-curricular priority within the Australian Curriculum. This experiential look at Indonesia as a modern day economy will provide school principals with the background knowledge to confidently promote and support an Indonesian language program in their school. 

After returning from the 2012 tour, principals and their schools will receive support to plan and implement within their school a continuous Indonesian program with exciting international links. Read our blog with comments from participating school leaders on the 2012 tour.

Click here to express your interest.