Knowledge and understanding of Asia and Australia’s relationship with Asia make an important contribution to building the social capital of our nation: enriching Australians’ social, creative and intellectual development by extending their skills, vocational opportunities and aspirations; and developing an understanding of themselves, their own society and the richness of human experience. Enhancing our understanding of Asian studies strengthens our ability to contribute to harmony, partnership and cooperation in the Asian region and the wider world.
The Asian region is of great significane to Australian students as it includes:
- 60% of the world’s population
- 30% of world land mass
- The world’s 2 most populous nations, China and India
- Diversity of belief systems eg Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and …
- Potentially 3 of the top 4 economic nations will be Asian
- Closest neighbours and major trading partners
- Cultural heritage of a growing number of Australians
Young people can only make sense of their world and be active and informed citizens when they develop a sound understanding and intercultural knowledge of the wider global context in which they are operating.
Studies of Asia at Point Cook College
At Point Cook College studies of Asia will include:
- In-depth sustained programs in specific curriculum areas
- Broader studies embedded across all curriculum areas
- LOTE Indonesian program from P-9
- Community engagement programs
Studies of Asia at Point Cook College will encompass these areas :
- Broad Understanding of the term 'Asia' - Including areas of geography, history, culture, economy. Develop an appreciation of the diversity of environments, cultures and belief systems and society and their links with Australia and the global community.
- Informed attitudes and values - Promoting appropriate interaction and understanding with other cultures. Promoting the mutual respect for similarities and difference of people and communities and their interdependence in order to anaylse and respond to stereotypes.
- Knowledge of contemporary and traditional Asia - Making connection between the societies, cultures, environments and belief of peoples of Asia and the global community. Developing an understanding that cultures of Asia make world heritage, traditions and human endevour. Students should know about particular episodes, events and issues in current and historical context.
- Connections between Australia & Asia - Investigating the interconnectedness of the Australian and Asia region via contributions to society and culture through immigration, tourism, investment, trade and politics.
- Communication - Develop intercultural skills and understanding to participate in, learn from, contribute to and engage confidently in diverse cultural environments at home and abroad. Students become increasingly able to communicate through an Asian language (Indonesian)
Geographical Definition of Asia
- North-East Asia- China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Taiwan
- South-East Asia- Indonesia, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand. Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Vietnam, Laos, east Timor, cambodia and the Philippines.
- South Asia- India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
- Asia Pacific- Australia, Pacific Islands etc
Community programs engaging members of the school and local communities for example:
- Arts activities
- Community cooking
- Community well being programs
- Partnerships-sister schools, VILTA, AIA ,MLTAV, Pen pals( class to class)
- Asian Garden/ Stephanie Alexander
- Asian cuisine/Market Garden
- Language education
- Visiting performances/workshops
Some valuable websites
Our Indonesian partnership School link SDN Kebonjeruk 11
Studies of Asia www.asiaeducation.edu.au