New Caledonia - ACT collaboration in Education and Training [fr]
A meeting on education, training and school exchanges was held on 3 December at Campbell High School in Canberra.
Organised by Yves LAFOY, Official Representative of New Caledonia to Australia, in the presence of the French Embassy (Chargée de coopération éducative et linguistique), the meeting aimed at:
- strengthening cooperation between New Caledonia and the Australian Capital Territory, in order to promote the French-speaking world (Francophonie) in Australia ;
- finding alternatives to the sudden halt in student mobility and school exchanges due to the pandemic;
- better understanding the New Caledonian and ACT curricula, to capitalise on their similarities (cultural diversity, openness to the Pacific region, history taught from the country’s point of view, sustainable development awareness).
On the Australian side, the meeting involved the Education Directory of ACT and fifteen teachers from the ACT’s French Language Network. Participants from New Caledonia were Isabelle ARELLANO, Academic Delegate for European and International Relations and Cooperation (DAREIC) at the Vice-Rectorate, and Valérie MEUNIER, Director of the Pacific Centre for International Meetings and Exchanges (CREIPAC). Both highlighted the New Caledonian offer in terms of language and cultural courses, as well as the New Caledonian government’s will to intensify collaboration with the ACT, by increasing the number of distance learning school exchanges by 2021.
This meeting, the first of its kind, unveiled the strong interest of the Australian actors of the sector for New Caledonia. On the one hand, the teachers of the French Language Network, and the ACT Education Directory, on the other hand, with its support for future exchanges and meetings between students in Noumea and Canberra.
These first interactions between actors of education and training from New Caledonia and the ACT enabled to express a mutual willingness to intensify bilateral collaboration and to identify two immediate areas of cooperation. The first, in terms of reflection on the implementation of educational projects. The second, in terms of developing links between young people from both territories, through languages and cultural interknowledge.