FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY LANGUAGES CLASSES

Community-run language classes in the electorate will share in more than $5.5 million in funding from the NSW Government.

The Community Languages Schools Program provides funding to community organisations to help establish and run language schools in the local area.

McAfee Language School Inc., which runs classes at Moss Vale PS, will receive $2,500 in funding to support the operation of its community Chinese lessons.

The McAfee Language School aims to provide opportunities for children to learn to use Chinese (Mandarin) in a range of authentic situations. Their students experience Mandarin through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman welcomed the funding, saying it will support language diversity in the local community.

“Community language schools play an important role in helping young people maintain strong links to their heritage and cultural identity,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“I’m proud to support our community language schools and the work of their dedicated volunteers.

“Our community’s diversity is one of our great treasures, and this is one way the NSW Government can help in fostering and celebrating that diversity,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the Community Languages Schools Program has already had a profound impact on students from all backgrounds.

“Research shows that children who learn a second language show greater cognitive development in higher order thinking skills, which means their brain has acquired the capacity to think quickly and strategically, creating a solid foundation for their schooling years,” Ms Mitchell said.