Annual Report 1991 Department of Education
Tabled Paper 1288
Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
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EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL LINKS The Department's major international activities in the field of professional development continued to be aid projects funded through the Australian International Development Assistance Bureau (AIDAB). The $18.4 million Indonesia-Australia Technical and Vocational Education Project: A, a five-year program to upgrade the technical and vocational education infrastructure in the eastern provinces of Indonesia, completed its first year, achieving significant steps towards the development of a network of resource schools. In addition, the first of the project's Indonesian Fellowship courses to enhance teaching skills were conducted at the Northern Territory University. Those who completed their training returned to Indonesia where they were expected to work as Master Teachers from the beginning of 1992. The signing, on 17 April, of a management contract for the Western Samoa Secondary Teachers Professional Development Project significantly expanded the Department's educational links in the Pacific Region. The three-year project was developed to extend educational assistance which had, over the previous five years, been concentrated on curriculum development for Western Samoa's junior secondary schools. The main goal of both the Indonesian and Western Samoan projects is to contribute to the development of internally sustainable long-term improvements in the targeted areas of education. During 1991, the number of students enrolled in both the government and non- government sectors through the International Student Program rose to 97, including both full fee-paying secondary students and, for the first time, AIDAB-funded students from Papua New Guinea. Unlike other States, the Northern Territory offered accommodation in family homes for overseas students, a trial arrangement which proved beneficial to both home families and students alike. The 1991 Arafura Youth Games were held in Ambon, sister city to Darwin. The Northern Territory School Sports Council, acting as agent for the Department of Education, organised the Territory's participation in the games which further promoted the goodwill being developed between the Northern T erritory and Indonesia. In October, the Department entered into a Northern Territory consortium with private enterprise to produce the pilot episode of an early childhood education television series aimed at Indonesia. A joint venture with an Indonesian partner, the Jalan Kita (Our Street) project was inspired by the American series, Sesame Street, and will focus on oral literacy and numeracy in 46
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