Indonesian Teachers Applauded in Canberra Schools


Teachers of Indonesian language in Canberra schools hosted at dinner by Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) 11.9.15

The outstanding achievements of primary and secondary school teachers of the Indonesian language were honoured at a dinner hosted by the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (‘Indonesian Language Pavilion’) in Canberra on 11 September 2015. Around 40 past and present teachers exchanged classroom experiences teaching Indonesian at the function held at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. BBI (ACT) Chair and master of ceremonies for the dinner, Heath McMichael, told guests the challenge of promoting Indonesian language and culture in Australia is one not just for governments but for all community members who wanted to turn around the decline in the numbers of students taking up Asian languages. Addressing the dinner, Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, HE Mr Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, said the teaching of Indonesian in Australian schools added ballast to people-to-people relations between the two countries. BBI (ACT) hopes to recreate the warmth and camaraderie of the occasion at future events celebrating the efforts of teachers in line with its goal to promote Indonesian language and culture in the ACT and beyond.

2 thoughts on “Indonesian Teachers Applauded in Canberra Schools

  1. Hi there – I’m hoping you might be able to assist me find an accredited Indonesian language course in Canberra (preferably northside) for my daughter who is starting year 11 at Lake Ginninderra next year. She has been learning Indonesian since we lived in Jakarta 2009-11.

    • Dear Glen

      Sorry to take so long to get back to you. You might be interested in the information below about Indonesian language classes in the ACT run by our sister organisation, the Australia-Indonesia Association. It might be the right pathway for your daughter!

      Best regards

      Heath McMichael
      Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT)
      tel 6261 1693

      Indonesian Language Classes
      • Fun vocational classes
      • Teachers are professional and native Indonesian speaking
      Five levels
      • Advanced – Tuesdays 7-9pm
      • Intermediate – Thursdays 7-9pm
      • Continuing Beginners – Mondays 7-9pm
      • Beginners level 2/3 – Wednesday 7-9pm
      • Beginners level 1 – Wednesdays 7-9pm
      • Commence week beginning 2 February 2016 (we run 4 terms a year starting the same week school commences)
      • Each term runs for 8 weeks
      • Classes held at a private address in O’Malley
      • non members $140* (reduce this by $10 for payment before 2 February)
      • members $120* (reduce this by $10 for payment before 2 February) and membership $10pa
      Fast enrolment
      • Please make electronic payment to account BSB 032-729 Account No: 13-0447 Account Name: Australian Indonesia Association.
      • Please provide your surname with the payment and email to confirm payment and class level
      For more information:
      • Phone: Phil 0406930835
      • Email:
      • webpage –
      The Australia Indonesia Association is a not for profit organization. However, we do raise funds to support the Association’s charitable efforts in Indonesia. The Association would like to acknowledge the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in running this program.
      We need your support to maintain the program. Please consider sending this message to interested friends. We would also be happy to provide an A4 notice if you are able to advertise at work or other relevant location.
      Our mailing address is:
      Australia Indonesia Association (ACT)
      PO Box 7252
      Duffy, Act 2611

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