Why we study Bahasa Indonesia ……
Indonesia is Australia’s largest and nearest neighbour in the Asian region. It is a maturing democracy, a major trading partner, and a key member of Australian and South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Indonesia truly matters.
By studying another language, students:
gain access to other people's ideas and ways of thinking
become interested in and respectful of other cultures
develop social and cognitive skills that will help them in other areas of the curriculum
improve future employment and economic opportunities.
The Indonesian economy is big and it’s growing rapidly. Not long ago, Indonesia’s economy overtook Australia’s in terms of gross domestic product; by the end of this decade, it’s expected that the Indonesian economy will become the world’s tenth biggest. (Courtesy of Australian Indonesian Youth Association (AIYA))