Year 9 Students To Get An Education Edge In The Asian Century

Hundreds more Year 9 students have the chance to fast track their learning in China with the opening of applications for the 2016 Victorian Young Leaders to China Program.

Minister for Education, James Merlino, today called on families of students who will be in Year 9 next year to consider how spending six weeks in China would benefit their child’s learning.

Year 9 is a crucial stage of a child’s development and the program is specifically designed to engage students in their learning and propel students towards success in Year 12.

Since 2014, 224 Year 9s from 25 schools across Victoria have spent six weeks developing their leadership, intercultural and Chinese language skills in China as part of the $13 million program.

Students immerse themselves in school and community life at high performing host schools in Nanjing and Shanghai.

Department of Education research shows that a transformative learning experience at Year 9 can make all the difference to a child’s education outcomes.

There are three ways students can participate:

  • Students can participate through their school’s involvement in the core program, which sends multi-school groups to China twice annually.
  • Students can participate through their school’s own sister school partnership in China. Schools are invited to apply for grants to develop and deliver their own six-week immersion program with their sister school.
  • Students can apply independently for a grant to spend a minimum of six weeks in China through an approved exchange organisation.

To apply for Victorian Young Leaders to China visit:

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino

“This program enriches the education of Year 9 students, setting them up to do their best in Year 12 and beyond.”

“By giving our young people the chance to better understand China, we are giving Victoria the edge in the Asian Century.”

“Labor is transforming Victoria into the Education State so that every child, regardless of their background or circumstance, is given the opportunity to succeed.”

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