Asia Education Foundation
The Asia Education Foundation (AEF) is a joint activity of Asialink at the University of Melbourne and Education Services Australia (ESA). It receives core funding from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).
The AEF provides schools,teachers and principals with a range of resources and services that engage young Australians with Asia.
The AEF website and e-News provide information about Australia’s engagement with Asia in support of the cross-curriculum priority in the Australian Curriculum, curriculum and professional learning resources, lesson plans and access to AEF programs.
Education systems and schools can engage with a range of initiatives:
- NALSSP Becoming Asia literate: grants to schools funds assist primary and secondary schools to promote the teaching and learning of Asian languages and the studies of Asia related to China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.
- Discussion groups for educators and web forums for school leaders.
- Business professionals work in secondary schools as Asia Literacy Ambassadors to assist principals, teachers and students to understand the opportunities available to employees who are knowledgeable about Asia, speak an Asian language and have the skills to engage with the peoples and cultures of Asia.
- Australian and Indonesian school communities build partnerships through the BRIDGE project. Schools and teachers engage in online collaboration and activities that include sharing youth culture, family stories, world views, and day-to-day learning experiences.
- Primary and secondary teachers and school and curriculum leaders participate in study tours that offer a range of in-country experiences in Asia. Tours focus on the Australian Curriculum, values, business education, community service, school leadership and sustainability.
- Principals and school leaders are supported to engage with Asia in their schools through the Leading 21st Century Schools: Engage with Asia project.