Connecting Schools with Indian Communities pilot program
The Connecting Schools with Indian Communities (CSIC) pilot program is a new funding program administered by the International Education Division of DET. It intends to provide guidance and funding to build activities and initiatives that support collaborative partnerships between schools, the Indian diaspora and the broader community to foster a shared understanding of, and a sense of belonging to, our diverse Victorian community. These outcomes are designed to ensure every Victorian is equipped with intercultural capabilities and can contribute, achieve and succeed in a globally connected Victoria.
In recognition of Victoria's deep connection with India, the Victorian Government launched
Victoria's India Strategy: Our Shared Future (The Strategy) in January 2018. The strong ties between India and Victoria will be further strengthened by The Strategy, which is designed to celebrate our personal connections with India and form the foundations for a mutually beneficial partnership. The CSIC pilot program is one of three educational initiatives contained in The Strategy aiming to develop and deepen Victorian schools' engagement with India.
The outcomes targeted by the CSIC pilot program are:
- For schools across Victoria to have developed strong, sustainable and meaningful connections with the Indian community in order to provide students with global citizenship opportunities,
- To increase the 'cultural mobility' of Victorian students, enabling them to understand, appreciate and respect different cultural contexts,
- Victorian students are presented with opportunities to develop intercultural understanding and 21st Century Skills,
- Victorian students are socially engaged and live in inclusive communities.
Through this program, schools can apply individually or as a cluster for a single round of funding of up to $25,000, to be expended by June 30, 2020. Successful schools will be funded using the
Schools Targeted Funding Governance Model (STFGM).
What are the benefits?
If we strengthen and focus collaborative partnerships between schools and the broader community, we will create a more comprehensive network of support for students and harness the full capacity of the community to improve student outcomes. Schools with a genuine commitment to being a learning environment that includes students, teachers, parents and community, make faster, stronger progress towards becoming interculturally capable. Victoria's Indian community presents a rich resource for schools to achieve this. Below are just a few of the expected benefits of schools working with the Indian community:
Benefits for students
- A greater understanding and connection to their own community and that of their peers from the Indian diaspora
(FISO Priority: Positive Climate for Learning).
- Development of intercultural understanding and sensitivity, and an appreciation of different points of view
(FISO Priority: Community Engagement in Learning).
- Exposure to tangible illustrations of global interconnectedness and an opportunity to explore Indian culture, histories and stories directly from those in Victoria's Indian community
(FISO Dimension 15: Global Citizenship).
- Self-awareness and the ability to look upon oneself from the outside
(FISO Dimension 13: Intellectual engagement and self-awareness).
Benefits to school staff
- Increased access to community resources to support their students.
- Empowered to engage with and facilitate global learning due to enhanced intercultural capability.
- Exposure to new ways of engaging students through stimulating and diverse programs.
- Greater access to the unique insight provided by the Indian community.
Benefits to schools
- Increased community connection and pride in the school.
- Better educational outcomes as children with diverse cultural backgrounds have a sense of belonging and a strong cultural identity.
- Greater access to skills, resources, ideas, training, mentoring and support that community and business organisations from the diaspora can offer.
How to apply
The Department has received a high number of applications from across the state, and we are pleased to announce that all available funding has now been allocated. As such, please be advised that applications for the 2019 Connecting Schools with Indian Communities Pilot have now closed. Please find the list of successful schools below.
The CSIC pilot program guide will provide you with key information on the context for this pilot program, how to set up an initiative, eligibility requirements and how to apply for funding. The application form and project proposal template is available within the guide booklet (pages 12 - 14). Schools are required to use this to apply for funding and applications must be submitted prior to the deadline via email to:
To download the guide, see:
CSIC pilot program guide PDF 480kb | Word 157kb
Projects funded to date
To date, the following schools have been granted funding:
- Beveridge Primary School – $25,000 awarded to establish a play group and kindergarten transition program for children of Indian families.
- Cranbourne Park Primary School – $2000 awarded to establish a close reading program with Indian cultural texts to increase cultural understanding and pride.
- Doherty’s Creek P–9 College – $25,000 awarded to support the development of a Community Hub and Kitchen Garden program which will be co-designed with Indian origin families with the purpose of increasing engagement with the school.
- Kananook Primary School - $10,000 awarded to establish a partnership with four Early Childhood centres in the Frankston region to provide peer-tutoring in Hindi language.
- Lyndhurst Secondary College - $2000 awarded to support the development of Hindi-language learning resources for non-native speakers, this is in aid of the roll out of Hindi as the school’s mandatory LOTE in Years 7 and 8.
- Murrumbeena Primary School - $16,000 awarded to conduct community education workshops and develop transition resources for newly arrived families to support inclusion and smooth entry into the Victorian education system.
- Newbury Primary School - $10,625 awarded to provide a series of education workshops to parents, students and staff to enhance understanding between the school and Indian community.
- Preston South Primary School - $2300 awarded to screen a Bollywood film as a concluding event for a week of activities exploring and celebrating Indian culture.
- Rangebank Primary School - $10,000 awarded to establish both a Hindi Language Learning Hub and an Indian Business Hub for the Casey region.
- Tanjil South Primary School – $3700 awarded to run a four week unit of study on the festival of Diwali, which will culminate in a whole school excursion to either Dandenong or Federation Square for Diwali celebrations.
- Wheeler’s Hill Secondary College – $12,300 awarded to create a partnership with local Indian businesses and groups to support the school’s Business Management and Performing Arts faculties.
Contact us for more information
If you have any questions regarding the funding program, or require support to develop an initiative or project, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff from the International Education Division are available to work in partnership with schools, if required, to provide support and guidance to all interested schools.
Senior Policy Officer, International Relations Unit
International Education Division