18 February 2014
Fifteen teachers from schools ranging from Bribie Island to Sunshine Beach will receive scholarships to study the Indonesian language to help rebuild the subject in schools across the region.
The scholarships, worth about $9,000 each, are part of a joint Indonesian language initiative by the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Australian Government Department of Education.
Under the Indonesian for Teachers Initiative (InTI), the selected teachers will study four Indonesian courses in 2014 and 2015, both at USC and in Indonesia. They will gain a Graduate Certificate in Arts on successful completion.
The teachers will be awarded their scholarships tomorrow (Wednesday 19 February) at a USC ceremony to be attended by 30 guests including USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill, Senator Claire Moore, Member for Fisher Mal Brough and Garuda Indonesia representative Marc Parsons.
USC Lecturer in Indonesian Dr Richard Curtis said the initiative’s broader goals were to help Australians become more “Asia literate”, and for all students to have continuous access to a priority Asian language.
Dr Curtis said these teachers would have the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge and experience studying Indonesian at USC and at the University of Mataram in Lombok, Indonesia.
“Currently only a few schools on the Coast offer Indonesian language and this program has the potential to increase this significantly,” he said.
The award recipients teach at the following schools: Ananda Marga River, Bribie Island State High, Brightwater State, Buddina State, Burnside State, Caloundra (state and high), Chancellor State College (primary and junior high), Golden Beach State, Kilcoy State High, Nambour (state and high), Narangba Valley State, St Joseph’s Primary (Nambour) and St Thomas More Primary (Sunshine Beach).
— Julie Schomberg