5 May 2010: The Centre for Creative and Authentic Leadership at Australian Catholic University (ACU) has joined with AusAID to deliver a leadership program for educators from South East Asia in educational leadership positions.
The Australian Leadership Awards Fellowships (ALAF) program is funded by AusAID, and aims to develop current and aspiring leaders who will be in a position to advance key regional policy issues.
The participants, or ALA Fellows, are undertaking a combination of professional and academic programs delivered by ACU staff members.
The programs involve skills development, peer-to-peer learning, knowledge sharing, professional attachments and leadership training.
Dr Jack Frawley, project director and senior research fellow in ACU’s Centre for Creative and Authentic Leadership, said the key focus of the academic program was exchanging ideas about educational leadership.
“The program is practice-based, and is informed by leadership principles and practices that shape effective educational leaders and enables them to work better in education systems,” he said. “It will also help them to more effectively manage the competing demands of education bureaucracies and their communities.
“This is a perfect opportunity to build professional linkages between ACU and neighboring South East Asian countries, and establish networks with participating organisations.”
Ten ALA Fellows from Cambodia, Laos and Timor Leste are participating in the 12-week program which commenced in March. Each ALA Fellow has considerable input into the shaping and delivery of his or her country’s educational services.
Since 2007, the Centre for Creative and Authentic Leadership has hosted 34 ALA Fellows from India, Nepal, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.