Ever heard of the National Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA)? Well, I will give a short run down on the program and how you can enter. Hurry though, applications close on the 22nd of July 2016.

NAILA

The National Indonesia Language Awards (NAILA)

NAILA, an initiative of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Association, is an annual competition that rewards and fosters the development of Indonesian language learning. The program invites participants from primary school students through to executive level speakers.

NAILA’s mission is to incentivise language learning and reward high-level proficiency to encourage deeper communication, respect and understanding between our two nations.

Culminating with a national awards ceremony and networking program, it is a great opportunity to meet other learners and gain greater exposure to Indonesian language circles.

The program provides entrants an opportunity to:

  • Showcase their language skills;
  • Discuss bilateral issues; and
  • Share traditional arts, culture and musical performances with the public.

Past awardees have included students learning Indonesian by distance education through to professionals working in government, academia and the arts.

NAILA in 2016

The program is open to both Australians and native Indonesian speakers.

Entrants are required to record a speech via video. This year’s theme is ‘Our Future’. Applicants should endeavour to include the phrase “masa depan kita/saya” in their speech.

With the addition of two new award categories (native speaker and people’s choice), there is a large number of award categories catered for. There is also up to $15,000 worth of prizes up for grabs.

NAILA’s inaugural 2015 Highlights

Highlights of the inaugural year:

  • Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen attended and showed off his Bahasa Indonesia skills in his welcoming remarks.
  • Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson sent their congratulations to all participants via video message.
  • NAILA received over seventy entries across all award categories, ranging from discussions on Indonesian culture, the benefits of learning Indonesian language, to original songs and an introduction to Balinese dance.

Check out the rules and how to apply page to learn what you need to do and how to succeed. You can find out more about the 2015 Awardees and view their winning entries.

You can also follow NAILA on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to sign up for the Mailing List to keep up to date with all the latest NAILA news.

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Maighdlin is the Media and Communications Coordinator for the National Australia Indonesia Language Awards. She is an Honours Student at the College of Asia and the Pacific, the Australian National University.

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