- 47 community language schools receive funding through the Community Languages Program
- 53 different languages taught including Vietnamese, Portuguese and Arabic
A total of 47 community language schools, teaching more than 5,300 students, have received more than $705,900 in grants from the McGowan Government via the Office of Multicultural Interests' Community Languages Program (CLP).
The Community Languages Program supports not-for-profit culturally diverse community organisations to teach languages other than English and cultural maintenance programs after school hours.
The CLP funding is split into three categories:
- New School grants to provide one-off funding to assist with the costs of setting up a new school;
- Per Capita grants to assist established schools with operating costs; and
- Program Development costs to help schools develop their education programs.
The Ukrainian Association of Western Australia and the Russian Learning Centre have both been funded to set up new schools through a grant of $4,000 each.
Five Chinese language schools have received more than $217,000 in funding. This reflects that Mandarin and Cantonese are both among the top 10 languages other than English, spoken at home in WA.
A full list of grant recipients is available at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
"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.
"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."
Minister's office - 6552 5600