Indonesian teachers and school/college principals representing 12 government and non-government schools in Canberra enjoyed an informative and entertaining dinner organised by BBI (ACT) at the Indonesian Embassy on Friday, 22 November 2019. The purpose of the dinner was to celebrate the achievements of Indonesian teachers in ACT schools who tirelessly foster Indonesian language and culture learning in their classrooms. Amongst the more than 50 guests who attended the dinner were the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, HE Bpk Kristiarto Legowo, the founder of the ACICIS program, Professor David Hill from Perth, and Dr Paul Thomas from Monash University who has edited a new book on the history of learning Indonesian in Australia entitled, Talking North. The dinner also provided an opportunity to mark the efforts of Indonesian Language Teaching Assistants (ILTAs) who give up time during their study at Canberra’s tertiary institutions to help Indonesian teachers in the classroom.
An acknowledged expert on Indonesian grammar and communication, Associate Professor Novi Djenar from Sydney University, delivered a thought-provoking talk on the impact of recent government regulations elevating the status of Bahasa Indonesia as a language in formal usage in Indonesia and in international settings.
The dinner featured a delicious Indonesian meal accompanied by the traditional Sumatran dances, Tari Piring and Tari Rantak performed by the Borobudur Dance Group based in Canberra. The dinner, the fifth such event organised by BBI (ACT), successfully advanced BBI’s mandate to promote Indonesian teaching and learning in Australia.