47 community language schools in Western Australia, with a more than 5,300 students have received in excess of $705,900 in funding from the McGowan Government through the Office of Multicultural Interests’ Community Languages Program (CLP).
The CLP assists not-for-profit culturally diverse organisations enabling them to offer education on other languages and cultural maintenance programs after school hours.
This program has three components, including one-off funding to assist new school set up, operation costs per-captia grants, and costs to assist schools in develop education programs.
Muticultural Minister Paul Papalia says its important for the government to support community language schools in-order to create diverse skills for next generation of West Australians.
“Language skills are essential in today’s global economy and, with more than 17 per cent of Western Australians speaking a language other than English at home, linguistic diversity is one of our State’s greatest assets,” he stated.
“Community language schools are at the coalface of language learning and cultural development, and are staffed by committed and passionate volunteers.”
“It is crucial that these schools are supported to foster a love of language learning among young Western Australians, which will contribute greatly to the social, cultural and economic development of the State.”
In order to establish new schools, the Ukrainian Association of Western Australia and the Russian Learning Centre have both been funded through a grant of $4,000 for each.
Five Chinese language schools have received in excess of $217,000 in funding, demonstrating that Mandarin and Cantonese are among the top ten languages other than English spoken at home in Western Australia.
A total of 53 different languages are offered across these schools including Vietnamese, Portuguese and Arabic.
You can check out the complete list of grant recipients on http://www.omi.wa.gov.au