Tech’ forges Indo link

Making a connection: Cobden Technical School student Ingrid Bellman (far left), her sister Gabrielle (far right), principal Rohan Keert (third from left) and home economics teacher Jen McLennan (second from right made the teachers from partnership school SMKN Lintau Buo Resi Pertiwi and Hendri Ilyas welcome during their recent visit.

COBDEN Technical School students are expected to see lifelong benefits as a result of a new school program.

The school recently joined the Australia-Indonesia BRIDGE Program to establish an international school partnership with SMKN Lintau Buo in Indonesia.

Cobden Technical School is one of 16 selected schools across Australia in 2018 to participate in the nationally acclaimed program aimed at fostering stronger ties between Australia and Indonesia through education.

Two Indonesian teachers from SMKN Lintau Buo – Resi Pertiwi and Hendri Illya – spent time at the school as part of the program.

School principal Rohan Keert said the visit provided opportunities for the community to learn about Indonesia and enable the school to make the most of and maintain its international partnership.

“School education needs to equip our students with the skill set to be able to compete on a global scale and be globally competent,” he said.

“To do this, we need to work with our closest neighbours, speak each other’s languages, understand our similarities and differences.

“BRIDGE aims to go beyond the classroom and develop meaningful and long-lasting people to people connections.”

Mr Keert said the visiting teachers from Indonesia participated in a number of school events, including a parents and students Indonesian cooking class, visits to the Cobden Primary School and observing and teaching classes at Cobden Technical School.

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