BBI (ACT) RECEIVES CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FROM INDONESIAN EMBASSY

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABBI (ACT) was honoured to be recognised on Indonesian Independence Day by the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra for promoting the learning of Indonesian in the Canberra and for contributing to friendly relations between Australia and Indonesia.  BBI (ACT) looks forward to further cooperation with the Embassy and interested community members who are seeking to deepen ties between our two countries.

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BBI (ACT) Celebrates Indonesian Language Teaching in Canberra Schools

The achievements of primary and secondary school teachers of the Indonesian language were once again celebrated at a dinner hosted by Balai Bahasa Indonesia (ACT) at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra on 4 November 2016. At least 10 ACT Schools were represented at the dinner which provided teachers and school principals the opportunity to exchange classroom experiences teaching Indonesian to students in Canberra. Specially invited guests included five Indonesian Language Teacher Assistants who give up time outside their own academic studies in Canberra tertiary institutions to teach in classrooms under their supervising teachers.

BBI (ACT) Chair, Heath McMichael, told guests the task of encouraging young people to take up and persevere with Indonesian language and culture studies is a challenging one, especially in the light of ingrained community indifference about Australia’s nearest Asian neighbour. Heath said that BBI (ACT) was willing to assist teachers, principals, and ACT education authorities promote the learning of Indonesian in order to maintain much-needed ballast in the people-to-people relationship between the two countries. BBI (ACT) is looking at practical and inventive ways to stimulate interest in Indonesian language learning, for instance in workshopping Indonesian curriculum materials with teachers and educators from schools in Canberra and Indonesia, organising teacher field trips to schools in eastern Indonesia and, hosting a YouTube Indonesian language competition.

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BBI (ACT) Chair, Heath McMichael with Indonesian Language Teacher Assistants (ILTAs), 4 November 2016

 

Do you teach Indonesian or intend to become a teacher of Indonesian? Apply now for an Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship

The Australian government is calling for applications for Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships for 2013. The Fellowship provides in-country training for language teachers over three weeks in one of ten countries. It covers the cost of return airfares, accommodation, tuition, some meals, field trips and cultural activities in the coutnry of the language you teach.

The Indonesian option will be conducted by the Indonesia Australia Language Foundation in Denpasar, Bali, in January 2013. The program has an intensive language study component backed up with cultural studies and field trips around the island of Bali.

For more information go to: http://www.eltf.austraining.com.au/

 

“Send 10,000 young Australians a year to Indonesia to learn Indonesian,” says security analyst Professor Hugh White

One of Australia’s leading security analysts, the ANU’s Professor Hugh White, has taken the Australian government and people to task for their neglect of Indonesia (The Age, May 29, 2012). Australia is too preoccupied with “a kaleidoscope of negative images” he says, and is “missing the big story.” The big story is that Indonesia’s economy is growing so strongly it will likely be the fourth largest in the world by 2040. “Our big neighbour,” says White, “will then be three or four times richer than us. Already its GDP has overtaken ours by about 15 per cent.”

Professor White warns that Australians are kidding themselves if they think Indonesia needs Australian help to succeed. “No one likes receiving charity, especially from neighbours,” he writes. “Those who offer it are more often resented than thanked. In fact, the more Indonesia grows, the more our aid program damages rather than fosters the kinds of links we want with them.” White urges Australia to give Indonesia much higher priority in foreign policy.

Read the full text of Professor White’s views at: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/indonesias-rise-is-the-big-story-were-missing-20120528-1zf72.html

In a related interview on ABC Radio (The World Today, May 22, 2012) Professor White calls for the establishment of a program to send 10,000 young Australians a year to Indonesia to learn Indonesian. “When young British people want to learn French, they go to France. When young Australians want to learn Bahasa, they should go to Indonesia.” he says. Australia should have “an imperative to build a relationship which maximises the chances that we can work together – that’s going to be in our interest as Indonesia becomes stronger.”

Read the text of Professor White’s remarks and listen to audio of his interview with the ABC’s Eleanor Hall at: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2012/s3508221.htm .

Discrimination against Indonesian prisoners in Australian jails?

A news report in The Sun-Herald (May 27, 2012) claims that Australian prison services are withholding the wages earned by Indonesians currently in Australian jails. A spokesman for the Minister for Corrective Services in Western Australia, Terry Redman, said wages earned in jail were given to the Indonesians on their release and prior to deportation. But Australian human rights lawyers say this kind of action is hurting poor families in Indonesia. The Australian Lawyers Alliance said there had been deaths in Indonesian families as a direct consequence of the detention of Indonesians in Australia and their consequent loss of income.

Read the full report at: http://m.smh.com.au/national/freeze-on-indonesian-prisoner-pay-20120526-1zbl0.html

Arrangements for the extradition of prisoners between Australia and Indonesia need to be improved say Indonesian law specialists Tim Lindsey and Simon Butt

Both Australia and Indonesia have citizens in each other’s jails. Given the ever increasing numbers of Australian tourists visiting Indonesia (already above pre-Bali bombing levels), and given that Indonesians flock to Australia in preference to any other country for overseas study, it is likely that the numbers of Australians in Indonesian jails and Indonesians in Australian jails will only increase.

This is the judgement of Tim Lindsey and Simon Butt in an opinion piece that appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on May 25. They observe that senior Indonesian government figures have drawn explicit links between the recently announced clemency for convicted Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Corby and Australia’s decision to send home to Indonesia underage Indonesian fishers arrested crewing on people-smuggler vessels. This is a reminder that the extradition process between the two countries is currently politicised, and “the fates of Australians in Indonesian jails are mortgaged to the health of the bilateral relationship.”

The authors call for “greater predictability and formal procedures that lawyers can use on a routine basis, without having to reinvent the wheel each time someone is charged”.

Tim Lindsey is Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law in the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne. Simon Butt is Senior Lecturer at Sydney Law School.

Read the full text of their views at: http://m.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/schapelle-corbys-parole-catch22-20120525-1z9r3.html?page=1 or http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/schapelle-corbys-parole-catch22-20120525-1z9r3.html

Many Australian employers do not value Indonesia literacy skills, Arjuna Dibley and Rebecca Cole report

“Where individuals are equipped with in-depth knowledge about Indonesia, they are able to work in the Indonesian economy in new and creative ways,” write Arjuna Dibley and Rebecca Cole in the Lowy Institute’s Interpreter web site (8 March, 2012). Both are members of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association (http://www.facebook.com/AIYANational)

But a survey by the the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association has found that Australian employers often do not value or do not make use of employees with Indonesian-literacy skills. “For instance, 40% of AIYA’s respondents found that their Indonesian literacy was not valued by employers when they applied for jobs, with several employers considering this a strange area of study.”

Arjuna Dibley and Rebecca Cole are graduates of the Indonesian studies program at the Australian National University. Both have studied and worked in Indonesia. Read their opinion piece in full at: http://www.lowyinterpreter.org/post/2012/03/08/Indonesia-literacy-in-decline.aspx