MoU signed in Noumea to allow the development of an Australian curriculum section in the French Baccalaureate [fr]
On 3 September, in Nouméa, the Australian Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, French High Commissioner to New Caledonia, Mr Vincent Bouvier and President of the Government of New Caledonia, Mr Philippe Germain signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Noumea to allow for the development of an Australian curriculum section in the French Baccalaureate.
The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Ms Hélène Iékawé, member of New Caledonia government in charge of education, and Mr Patrick Dion, chief education officer of New Caledonia.
Once the curriculum is established, the Australian section will be trialled in a number of secondary schools in New Caledonia, requiring students to invest about six hours a week on Australian literature and four hours a week on Australian history and geography. Students will learn more about Australian history and culture as part of their regular curriculum. First Australian curriculum sections should start in February 2016 at the start of New Caledonia next school year.
This partnership between France, New Caledonia and Australia serves a dual purpose:
promoting academic excellence by offering a bilingual and bicultural education to the students
enhancing regional integration of New Caledonia and strengthening its relations with Australia