Wednesday 26 June 2013

 

The UK Ministry of Defence and the British Council are delighted to work in close partnership with the Indonesian National Defence Forces Peace and Security Centre, The United States Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) and the United States Department of State English Language Programs to bring the first ELT Indonesia International Conference ‘English for Uniformed Forces’.  The conference will be held for three (3) days from 26 to 29 June 2013 at the Indonesian National Defences Forces Peacekeeping Center (PMPP TNI), Sentul, Bogor. 

The primary aim of the conference will be to enhance the teaching skills and strengthen the domestic network of Indonesian English language instructors working at various military and police language schools. With a theme, English as a language of mission and security in military and police action, the conference will explore the design, development and delivery of materials for English language training for uniformed forces who serve domestically and internationally. 

A number of leading international experts in the field, such as Vice President of TEFLIN and the former of Director of Lembaga Bahasa Inggris UI, Sisilia Halimi; English language specialist form US Department of State, Charles Hall; and the representatives from the global British Council will be the key speakers in the plenary sessions and will share their experience with English teachers presents. The participants of the conference are professionals from around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, UK , USA, and Afganistan. 

Country Director British Council Keith Davies said: “The UK is committed to increased international security and prosperity, and recognises the powerful role that English can play in this field. This large gathering of Indonesian language professionals from all sections of the Military and the Police, as well as experts from around the world demonstrates that this is a shared commitment. The ‘English for Uniformed Forces’ international conference is an example of cultural relations working to bring together international partners from different sectors for global benefit. Together, through joint projects and partnerships such as this global conference, we can work best to develop the linguistic skills of uniformed forces personnel serving at home and abroad. Improving language skills helps build greater trust, understanding, peace and security across borders around the world.”

Deputy Director of ICITAP - US Department of Justice International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program Edward Routh said, “We are pleased to partner with the British Council, the United States Department of State English Language Programs, and the Ministry of Defence to bring you this first International Conference on English for Uniformed Forces.The collaboration between the US and UK has brought together Indonesia Police and Military for joint workshops and this conference.” 

Chief of international co-operation at the Indonesian National Defence Forces Peacekeeping Center Lieutenant Colonel Victor George  added, “Indonesia is committed to increasing its peacekeeping efforts around the world. We are open to working with all international partners to develop a centre which we hope will serve as a training facility for peacekeeping from around the world. We are delighted to be working with the British Council to develop English language skills of our peacekeepers and instructions needed to achieve this aim.”

The English for Peacekeeping project in Indonesia was established in November 2012. Organised by the British Council and the US English Fellows Program, it’s aims are to improve the English language and communication skills of UN peacekeepers serving abroad. This will be achieved through integrating English language training into pre deployment training as well as developing training material for use in the field.  

The English language ‘peacekeeping’ project works closely with a range of stakeholders (UN, ICRC, PMPP TNI, etc) to develop specialised language and communication skills training material for UN peacekeepers. The current aim is launch this material at the 20th Annual International Association of Peacekeeping Training (IAPTC) at the IAPTC Centre in Indonesia July 2014.

Notes to Editor

For interview query and further details, please contact:

Colm Downes
Peacekeeping English Project Manager, British Council
E-mail:  colm.downes@britsihcouncil.or.id

Dewi Suciati
Senior Partnership and Communications Manager. British Council 
E-mail: dewi.suciati@britishcouncil.or.id

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