More than $750,000 in funding has been provided to 50 community language schools through the Government’s Community Languages Program.
The Community Languages Program, managed by the Office of Multicultural Interests, provides support to not-for-profit community organisations to teach languages other than English outside of school hours to school-aged students.
The program not only complements language education provided in primary and high schools but also encourages social cohesion through support for cultural maintenance.
The grants have been awarded over three categories:
- new school grants, providing operational funding of up to $4,000 for community language schools less than 12 months old
- per capita grants, providing operational funding of $120 per student to community language schools more than 12 months old
- program development grants, providing special project funding (up to $10,000) to improve the quality and delivery of community language education.
New school grants have been provided to the Bangla Language and Cultural School for the establishment of a Bengali Language School and the Zande Association in WA for the establishment of an Azande Language School.
Other languages supported by the program include Dari, Hindi, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Tamil.
Source: WA Government