Local school students got connected with their counterparts in Asia on Friday.
Students from Armidale, Glen Innes, Guyra, Inverell, Bendemeer, Black Mountain, Currabubula, Dungowan, Uralla and Walcha were in Tamworth for a video-conference with a Jeju school in South Korea.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce and the Jeju Education Governor from South Korea joined teachers and students for the video-conference demonstration as part of the Asia ConneXions program.
It was held at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School, which was one of the 22 New England schools participating in the program, run in partnership with the University of New England, to connect South Korean and Japanese schools using the NSW Connected Classrooms videoconferencing facility.
“This program is helping our schools develop new relationships with our near neighbours in Asia,” Mr Joyce said.
“It’s expanding the minds of our kids, some who will grow up to be future leaders here in the New England.
“We’ve already seen more 20 schools take part in Asia ConneXions and I congratulate Farrer on joining the program.”