The vice-rectorate of New Caledonia : International strategy
Objectives of the international strategy
- To make international educational practice an important ingredient of teacher training and pupil achievement and enable them to act in the world according to official educational principles.
- To make educational activities a part of French cultural diplomacy, a carrier of francophony, and a factor for the regional integration of New Caledonia.
The international strategy is organised into four areas
- Teaching and promotion of the French language in first-degree courses and as in-house training, and also as a cultural influence : the immersion of pupils, students and teachers in schools ; partnerships to integrate training programs with the University of New Caledonia and language study tours at CREIPAC ; activities with the cooperative and cultural departments of French Embassies and Alliance Française throughout the world.
- Existence of “Euro-oceanian classes” in high schools, where English language learnings are reinforced
- Opening of australian international section in Georges Baudoux, and Dumbea-Sur-Mer, following the opening of primary bilingual schools by the Government of New Caledonia
- Participation in the national program for language assistants in English,Spanish and Japanese in secondary high schools : four assistants from Spain, eight from Australia and New Zealand, and two from Japan are offered a seven month contract every year. This program has been extended by the Government of New Caledonia with an assistant from Fiji.
- Executive mobility : the Vice-Rectorate may facilitate international training for new educational personnels , organise or contribute to study visits in a foreign teaching environment or participate in cooperative educational activity in the region.
- Teacher mobility : the Vice-Rectorate supports European programs such as erasmus+ which entitle schools and teachers to cooperate with other high schools in Europe, and students to study or train in another european country.
- Pupil mobility : the Vice-Rectorate helps set up international activities in high schools and gives subsidies to host families, schools and institutions (Government, provincial and city councils). Around 40 projects have been set up with New Zealand, Australia, Japan and South Pacific countries, such as Vanuatu and Fiji, and a few are undertaken with European countries every year.
Most of those activities take place within school partnerships, some of which are officially sister schools.
From 2013 individual short term projects for full family and school immersion will be offered to pupils (with reciprocity) in Japan and New Zealand.
The vice-rectorate supports any international action that would help teachers and pupils develop their knowledge and improve their intercultural skills.
- With Europe : The vice-rectorate relays to teachers and secondary schools all European educative programs and contributes to events related to the European community such as commemorations or educative competitions.
- With Asian-Pacific countries : The vice-rectorate collaborates with international educative institutions and mainly with educative institutions of the Asian-Pacific region such as New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Vanuatu, Fidji…to help reinforce links between schools and develop exchange programs for teachers or pupils.
The vice-rectorate works with other national and New Caledonian government institutions in their regional cooperative actions. For example, it contributes to the remodeling of the vocational teaching system in Vanuatu and to the in-house training of the French language teachers in New Zealand or Australia.
In 2015 a new field of cooperation with Australia has just opened with the launch of Australian International Sections in New Caledonian high schools.
Flagship projects in recent years
- Contribution to the Asia-Pacific Children’s Convention in Fukuoka, Japan : 4 pupils from different primary schools and about to enter high school, and their teachers will participate in this project, the aim of which is to put young people from many countries together to learn about cultural diversity and peace, carrying the "omoiyari spirit".
- Contribution to International Science Fairs in Australia ( Adelaide), Vanuatu (Port-Vila), Japan and South Corea (Busan).
- School projects with schools in New Zealand and Australia to commemorate the centenary of the Great War (2014-2018).
- School competition "Tell me about Europe in the Pacific", sponsored by the elected member for the Pacific to the european parliament.
Mise à jour : 30 juin 2016