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2014 Australia-Korea BRIDGE Project

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at midnight 15 May 2014 (AEST).

PLEASE PRINT AND READ THIS INFORMATION BEFORE COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION.

 

About the Australia-Korea BRIDGE School Partnerships Project

The Asia Education Foundation’s BRIDGE (Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) Project builds intercultural understanding between students in Australia and our neighbours in Asia through innovative school partnerships. Australian teachers are connected with peers in Asia through face-to-face visits and social media. The Australia-Asia BRIDGE School Partnerships Project currently operates in Australia, China, Indonesia, Korea and Thailand.

BRIDGE recognises that intercultural understanding is essential to equip young people to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century as responsible local and global citizens. It aims to support students to develop intercultural understanding and to develop teacher skills and capacities to equip them to undertake this work in schools. 

The program aims to:

  • develop intercultural understanding
  • support teacher professional learning around the use of innovative technologies 
  • provide opportunities for teachers, students and school communities to engage and learn with partner schools in Asia
  • support the implementation of the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians and the Australian Curriculum

The Australia-Korea BRIDGE School Partnerships Project is funded by the Australia-Korea Foundation and will support 8 Australian and 8 Korean schools to establish a school partnership.

Overview:

Eight schools from each of Australia and Korea will be selected to participate in the 2014 program. One teacher per school will be nominated to lead the project in their school. The nominated teachers will participate in two 10-day in-country professional learning programs – delivered in Melbourne and South Korea during the school holiday periods in 2014.

Objectives:

The objectives of the Australia-Korea BRIDGE School Partnerships Project are to:

  1. create and support school-to-school partnerships which connect Australian and Korean communities.
  2. develop the intercultural understanding and skills of all participants.
  3. develop the ICT knowledge and skills of all participants.
  4. build professional knowledge and skills, including strategies of effective teaching practice.

Costs:

Each Australian and Korean teacher is required to contribute $1,800 towards his or her participation in the professional learning program. This contribution may be tax deductible. The Australia-Korea Foundation covers additional costs through a scholarship ($4,375 each).

Ten-day Professional Learning Program in Australia

A three-day professional learning program in Melbourne that includes opportunities to:

  • increase the knowledge and understanding of Australia for Korean teachers (culture, society, history and education system)
  • establish relationships between partner teachers.
  • build intercultural understanding.
  • strengthen teacher capacity in use of social media in teaching and learning.
  • developing strategies for communication and collaboration.
  • build school partnerships.

Australian schools host their Korean partners for a 7-day school visit and homestay program that provides opportunities:

  • for respective teachers and students to interact with each other.
  • to experience aspects of culture across learning areas.
  • to establish the terms and nature of the school partnership.
  • to plan for future collaboration. 
  • to share pedagogical practice.

10-day Professional Learning Program in South Korea

A three-day professional learning program that includes opportunities to:

  • increase the knowledge and understanding of Korea for Australian teachers (culture, society, history and education system)
  • consolidate relationships between partner teachers.
  • strengthen intercultural understanding.
  • consolidate teacher capacity in use of social media in teaching and learning.
  • refine strategies for communication and collaboration.
  • strengthen school partnerships.

 Korean schools host their Australian partners for a 7-day school visit and homestay program that provides opportunities:

  • for teachers and students to interact with each other.
  • to experience aspects of culture across learning areas.
  • to consolidate the terms and nature of the school partnership.
  • to plan for ongoing collaboration. 
  • to share pedagogical practice.

 Key Dates

Specific dates for the program will be provided to successful schools following the application round. Professional learning programs will be offered during school holidays in 2014.  

Eligibility:

To be considered eligible to take part in the Australia-Korea BRIDGE Schools Partnership Project, a school must:

  • Committed to support the implementation of the Australia-Korea BRIDGE Project in their school.
  • Aware of the contribution cost of $1,800 (may be tax deductible) required to offset the $4,375 scholarship by the Australia-Korea Foundation to participate in the program. 
  • Able to host their Korean partner in the school community for up to seven-days. 
  • Supportive of the teacher nominated in this application to travel to Melbourne for three-days and to South Korea for 10-days of professional learning (see information at the start of this application). 
  • Committed to working with a Korean partner school for at least one year.
  • Has suitable hardware, software, Internet access and IT support.
  • Has an interest in furthering the use of innovative technologies in the school curriculum.
  • Aware of the funding support, additional costs and the evaluation requirements associated with the Australia-Korea BRIDGE Project (see information at the start of this application for detail).

 To be eligible, a teacher must:

  • Contribute $1,800 (may be tax deductible) to offset the $4,375 scholarship by the Australia-Korea Foundation to participate in the program. 
  • Support and host my Korean partner during the seven-day homestay and school program.
  • Travel to Melbourne to attend three-days of professional learning, of which one day will be over a weekend.
  • Travel to South Korea to attend ten-days of professional learning (dates TBC for 2014 school holidays)
  • Commit to working with a Korean partner for at least one year.
  • Support curriculum development within the school.
  • Be committed to teaching in an Australian school for the next two years.
  • Have sound computer skills.
  • Have an interest in furthering the use of innovative technologies in their classroom practice.
  • Agree to the funding support, financial contribution and the reporting requirements associated with the Australia-Korea BRIDGE Project (see information at the start of this application for detail).

 Funding support

Australian schools will be provided with funding throughout their participation in the Australia-Korea Schools Partnership BRIDGE Project. This includes:

  • Three days of professional learning in Melbourne, including domestic transport, accommodation and most meals.
  • Ten days of professional learning in South Korea, including international transport, accommodation and most meals.

Assessment

A panel managed by the Asia Education Foundation will select Australian schools. Applications will be ranked according to the quality of schools' responses to the selection criteria and the support statement provided by the school principal. Only applications that have satisfied the eligibility criteria will be considered.

Privacy statement

All material received from schools by the Asia Education Foundation is accepted on the understanding that such material may only be used:

  • in assessing applications for the Australia-Korea BRIDGE School Partnerships Project;
  • in administering the Australia-Korea BRIDGE School Partnerships Project; and
  • for the purposes of informing the project funders and the public about the outcomes of the Australia-Korea BRIDGE School Partnerships Project. 

All information collected or created will be treated in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 which prevents personal information from being disclosed without appropriate consent, unless disclosure is required or authorised by law.

The Asia Education Foundation may publish the names and school of participants of the Australia-Korea BRIDGE School Partnerships Project for promotion and publicity of the program.

Timeline for applications

The following timeline is indicative only and is subject to change.

Applications open for Australian schools/teachers

12 August 2013

Applications close for Australian schools/teachers

Midnight on 30 September 2013

Successful applicants announced

Late October 2013

Matching of Australian and Korean educators

November 2013

BRIDGE Feedback

A remarkable, holistic and creative opportunity to connect and learn with our neighbours in Asia”  Teacher, independent K-12 school in VIC

A fantastic program for raising participant skills in ICT and intercultural understanding/competencies”  Teacher, government middle school 

“An extremely valuable and memorable experience that will impact my life and teaching for years to come”  Teacher, government primary school, WA

“The extensive degree of support, materials, venue, meals and good will, have made it a great experience. As well, the wonderful desire of our Indonesian visitors to give and make this work is inspiring”  Teacher, Catholic K-12 school in VIC

"Participation in BRIDGE has been a powerful catalyst for expanding our Asia focused programs. It has assisted students to accept diversity and create opportunities for a free exchange of ideas, knowledge and culture."

Acknowledgement

This project is funded by the Australian Government.

Disclaimer

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government or the University of Melbourne.