Victorian students will soon have the opportunity to travel to Indonesia for an immersion experience that will prepare them to live and work as future leaders on a global scale.
Under the Victorian Young Leaders to Indonesia Pilot Program, 40 Victorian Year 9 students and five teachers will have the opportunity to travel to Yogyakarta in 2019. The aim is to increase students’ Indonesian language proficiency and develop their intercultural understanding and leadership skills.
Students taking part in the program will experience Indonesian culture by attending a local school and visiting historical attractions.
The Pilot Program is an expansion of the successful Victorian Young Leaders to China Program. The program is a key pillar of the Memorandum of Understanding signed last year between Premier Daniel Andrews and the Sultan of Yogyakarta, His Excellency Hamengku Buwono X.
The program will also strengthen cultural ties with one of Australia’s most important strategic partners, and our closest Asian neighbour.
Another program, the two-year Victorian Young Leaders to India program, will see up to 80 Victorian secondary students and 10 teachers travel to India for a similar cultural immersion program as part of the recently launched Victoria’s India Strategy: Our Shared Future.