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The Government of the Republic of Indonesia through the Ministry of Education and Culture has opened the 2019 Darmasiswa Scholarship Application.
Darmasiswa Scholarship, a (6 months – 1 year) non-degree program offered to all foreign students (17-35 years old) from countries which have diplomatic relationship with Indonesia to study Indonesian language (Bahasa Indonesia), art and culture. Being offered in 71 universities wide-across Indonesia, Darmasiswa Scholarship has been part of ASEAN initiative and 126 countries have been participated in the program every year.
Darmasiswa Scholarship aims to promote and increase the interest in language, art and culture of Indonesia among youth of other countries. It has also been designed to provide stronger cultural links and understanding among participating countries. If you want to learn more about Indonesia, come and join the program!
The 2018 financial report of the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) can be viewed at the link above.
To see the Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) Chair’s Annual Report for 2018, click here:http://181209 Annual Report 2018.docx
BBI (ACT) hosted a dinner on Friday, 23 November 2018 for teachers of Indonesian to honour their achievements in fostering the learning of the Indonesian language and culture at schools in Canberra and surrounding districts. Around 50 guests, comprising school principals, Indonesian teachers and Indonesian Language Teaching Assistants (ILTAs) from 12 government and non-government schools in the ACT and surrounding region, attended the dinner at the Indonesian Embassy. The Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, HE Mr Kristiarto Legowo, was the guest of honour.
In welcoming guests, the Chair of BBI (ACT), Mr Heath McMichael, said that it was a sad fact that no matter how long Indonesian programs have been in place, schools would continue to face competing demands for teachers and resources.
“BBI (ACT) is of the view that the task of upholding Indonesian language programs in ACT schools needs to be shouldered by many: by national governments in both countries through funding initiatives to overcome language learning deficits; by education authorities and school administrators who aim to strengthen Asia-literacy in the class room, and by the parents of students who recognise the benefits that come from an understanding of the language of our nearest northern neighbour”, Heath said.
At a time when resources for teaching Indonesian at Australian schools and universities are coming under increasing pressure, it is important to demonstrate practical support for Indonesian language programs in schools. Heath said BBI (ACT) was doing its bit by organising intensive Indonesian language and culture workshops for teachers and seeking joint accreditation with the Australian National University (ANU) as a qualified provider of professional learning and development for teachers.
Dr Elly Kent from the ANU’s Indonesia Institute delivered an interesting presentation on how various art and youth exchange programs between Australia and Indonesia offered opportunities for motivating Indonesian learning at all levels. Canberra-based practitioners of traditional Indonesian dance and Javanese gamelan performed during the dinner which featured a sumptuous three course meal of Indonesian dishes.
Heath said that BBI (ACT) was keen to see more school students learning Indonesian in the ACT. BBI (ACT) would continue to work with teachers, schools, the ACT education authorities and the Indonesian Embassy to stimulate interest in taking up the Indonesian language.
On Saturday, 22 September 2018, BBI (ACT) hosted an Intensive Language and Culture Workshop at the Australian National University for Indonesian teachers in the ACT and surrounding districts. The purpose of the workshop, the first of its kind to be held in Canberra, was to provide an opportunity for teachers – particularly those with basic to intermediate level language competence – to deepen their language skills and knowledge of contemporary Indonesia. A small but enthusiastic group of teachers from primary and secondary government and non-government schools took part in a variety of role play and other capacity-building activities. The workshop featured an interactive one-day program which was delivered by BBI (ACT) experts on Indonesian language, religion and society. Topics covered included: body language and etiquette; literature and folktales; Balinese dance; grammar; popular culture, and; performance art. An excellent luncheon of Indonesian dishes was provided.
Feedback on the workshop from teachers was very positive. Some participants expressed satisfaction that the presentations were classroom-ready while others felt the materials presented would help develop their professional skills. BBI (ACT) is proud to have been able to contribute its in-house expertise to assist Indonesian teachers in a practical and entertaining way to create relevant and contemporary classroom materials for use at their schools. Some photos of the workshop appear below.