Indonesian Muslim Leaders Visit


For the fourth consecutive year, Balcombe Grammar School has hosted five of Indonesia’s brightest emerging leaders as part of the Australian-Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (MEP).

An initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the program aims to foster people-to-people links between Indonesia and Australia. 

Balcombe Grammar students enjoyed sharing ideas with the community leaders selected to participate in this year’s program including…

  • Mrs Hijroatul Maghfiroh (Firoh), a member of the Women’s Economic Development Division on the Central Board of Fatayat NU and a researcher for the National Awakening Party; 
  • Mr Syahruddin Sumardi Saminjaya, an expert in Islamic Finance and Endowments (Waqf) and lecturer at Darussalam Gontor University, East Java;
  • Dr Fadhliani Putri Mayasri (Yani), a medical doctor and Deputy Secretary of the Chinese Indonesian Muslim Association, North Sumatera;
  • Ms Shaffira Gayatri, head of Search for Common Ground Indonesia’s “Solidifying Religious Freedom in Indonesia” project and a Board Member of HELP for Refugees; and
  • Mr Syahrul, a lecturer in Islamic Studies at Cokroaminoto University, Makassar and Secretary of the Muhammadiyah Caderisation Council, Takalar Regency.

David Dutton, Assistant Secretary from the Southeast Asia Regional Engagement Branch of DFAT also joined the delegates to experience the program firsthand. 

Balcombe Grammar looks forward to continuing to encourage diversity and promote engagement with communities from our local Mornington Peninsula, across Australia and around the globe.

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