Heading to Yogyakarta in Indonesia for New Year, local Mullumbimby High School student Clare Fisher will be participating in a two week intensive language course with two other winners of the Australia Indonesia Association (AIA) scholarships.
‘I’ve always been passionate about language, and have been studying Indonesian in school for three years now. I was extremely excited about this opportunity,’ said Clare enthusiastically.
‘Being our closest neighbouring country, I am fascinated by the rich heritage and history of the archipelago. Similarly, the language itself is fascinating; stemming from Malay, used as a lingua franca, it became the official language of the relatively new country of Indonesia. Many Indonesians learn three or four languages; quite a difference from Australian schools.’
The AIA has awarded scholarships to three outstanding scholars of secondary Indonesian language studies in NSW with the support of corporate sponsor, Blackmores.
The scholarship covers an intensive language course in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, return air travel and related costs and a two week homestay program with an Indonesian family. The course is delivered through the AIA Victoria’s IndoAustay program.
‘Our winners are visionaries,’ said Miriam Tulevski from the AIA Education Committee.
‘Bahasa Indonesia is spoken by over 230 million people globally yet only 116 non-native NSW students sit for Bahasa Indonesia in the HSC.’
This will be the fifth group of students that the AIA has provided with scholarships to travel to Indonesia to learn Bahasa. The program aims to accelerate understanding and language competency for students committed to the study of Bahasa Indonesia and eleven students have now received the scholarship.
‘Blackmores is proud to sponsor this cross-cultural exchange and we have long recognised Indonesia as an important export partner for Australian companies,’ said Blackmores Asia Managing Director Peter Osborne.
‘We recently started a business in Indonesia in 2015 and are pleased to support the next generation of potential business leaders. We hope they have a rewarding experience.’