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Nine Kiwi educators join Korean Studies Workshop

Nine Kiwi educators have travelled to South Korea to take part in the Korean Studies Workshop – a programme organised by the Asia New Zealand Foundation in collaboration with Australia’s Asia Education Foundation (AEF) and Korea Foundation.

A group of teachers standing in a plaza

Selected to be part of the workshop are:

  • Brent Coutts - Head of the Faculty of Social Science, Baradene College
  • Claire Begovic - Academic Dean for Year 13/humanities and history teacher, St. Peter’s College
  • Veronica Hendrikse - Director of English Language Intensive Programme, Murrays Bay Intermediate
  • Siobhan Wallace - English Language Intensive Programme teacher, Murrays Bay Intermediate
  • Nathalie Bourneville – National Coordinator, Transforming Practice in Language Teaching University of Auckland
  • Trudy Brasell-Jones - English language teacher, Hobsonville Point Primary School
  • Kaitlin Bethell – Social studies and history teacher, Ormiston Senior College
  • Holly McDonald - geography, environmental studies and social studies teacher, Bream Bay College
  • Mary Rahiti - Deputy Principal, Papatoetoe West School.

While in South Korea, participants will meet with education leaders and policy makers and will have a range of experiences that will build their knowledge about historical, social, political and economic trends in the country. The group will visit the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), tour a Hyndai factory, visit a school and share a meal with a Korean family.

“I am excited and looking forward to taking part in this Workshop and for being given the first-hand opportunity to visit South Korea,” says Mary Rahiti, deputy principal at Papatoetoe West School, a large low decile primary school in South Auckland. “The trip will provide [me] with [the opportunity] to meet like-minded professionals who have a vision of equipping New Zealand students to thrive in Asia."

The Korean Studies Workshop is part of the Foundation’s education programme, which also offers support for Asian language learning in schools as well as teaching resources on Asia.

“The Korean Studies Workshop aims to help educators explore intercultural issues in connection to South Korea - one of the world’s emerging social, cultural and economic powerhouses,” says the Foundation's executive director Simon Draper.

“The programme seeks to forge links between individuals and organisations in Australia, New Zealand and South Korea in order to establish a cohort of Australian and New Zealand educators with strong intercultural knowledge that can lead work in this space,” he says.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation is the leading non-profit, non-partisan organisation in the country on Asia. Established in 1994, its mission is to help New Zealanders gain knowledge and understanding of the countries, peoples, cultures and languages of Asia.

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5 October 2017