More Than $700,000 In Funding Provided For 47 Community Language Schools

More Than $700,000 In Funding Provided For 47 Community Language Schools

Western Australia Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Paul Papalia

Grants Awarded To Support Language Learning

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  • Community language schools receive $707,920 in grant funding
  • Grants support not-for-profit schools to teach languages other than English and cultural maintenance programs 

More than $700,000 in funding has been provided to 47 community language schools through the McGowan Government’s community language schools program.

“Community language schools provide language and cultural learning that equips students with skills that will last them a lifetime.” Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Paul Papalia said.

“Staffed by dedicated and skilled volunteers, community language schools provide an essential service to children across the State wanting to learn a language other than English.”

 

Community language schools are not-for-profit, community-based associations that operate out of school hours and teach languages other than English to students from kindergarten through to Year 12.

Schools have been awarded grants of $120 per student, and an additional $120 was awarded for each student enrolled in Western Australian Certificate of Education language courses.

Per capita funding is awarded annually to eligible schools that have been operating for more than 12 months.

Community language schools supported by the program are located throughout the Perth metropolitan area and teach a total of 33 languages.

This year, the top 5 community languages funded are:

  • Chinese with $235,320,
  • Vietnamese $69,000,
  • Arabic $57,040,
  • Tamil $53,760,
  • Japanese $49,680.

African community languages also received a total of $41,640.

Community Languages Program and its funding is administered by the Office of Multicultural Interests, which provides support to not-for-profit community language schools to teach languages and cultural maintenance programs in after-school hours.