Two Northern Territory projects that will strengthen NT-Indonesia relations have received Coalition Government funding of $47,000, Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, announced.
“The funding is through the Australia-Indonesia Institute grants programme which strengthens links between Australia and Indonesia by supporting activities that promote mutual understanding and stronger relations. These grants fund innovative projects and initiatives that deepen Australia’s relationship with Indonesia through education, research, the arts and young people,” Senator Scullion said.
“Funding of $39,000 to Charles Darwin University will see them work with Indonesian partners to integrate digital technology into professional development programmes for teachers in Indonesia.
“CDU will work with experienced Indonesian practitioners to identify and extend best practices of digital technology in professional development in Indonesia. The project will provide training, manuals and advice, and peer-reviewed research publications including a five day workshop in Jakarta.
“The Coalition Government is investing $8000 in connecting East Arnhem Land and Indonesia through a series of performing arts workshops operated by Suara Indonesia Dance in Yirrkala.
“Through these performing and fine arts workshops in Yirrkala, Suara Indonesia Dance will explore the connection between East Arnhem Land and Indonesia, building increased understanding between our two nations.”
“This project continues the relationship building between Indonesian artists and Yolngu artists after the success of Suara Indonesia Dance workshops and performance programme in 2015 and 2016 in Yirrkala and surrounding township schools.
“Suara will also bring Yogyakarta batik artist, Bagus Bagonk Prabowo to Yirrkala to teach his batik making skills (The art of decorating cloth using wax and dye) with the Yirrkala community and through past connections through trading.”
“The Australia-Indonesia Institute grants programme promotes deeper people-to-people and institutional links with Indonesia.”