$10 million funding for Community Language Schools

Community Language Schools will receive $10.18 million in funding to support teachers who contribute to the rich tapestry of multiculturalism in NSW

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Image: Community Language Schools get $10 million funding boost

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the 587 Community Language Schools across the state are vital to serve our thriving multicultural community.

“NSW is the most culturally diverse state in the country and we are proud to embrace the many languages and cultures that contribute to our society,” Ms Mitchell said.

“We have over 580 language schools helping connect more than 38,000 students with their heritage and strengthen communities through learning a language.

“The funding will help operate the schools and provide professional development to the dedicated volunteer teachers. We will also be helping the schools undertake a digital transformation, allowing them to reach more people.”

Minister for Multiculturalism Natalie Ward thanked the 3,210 volunteer teachers in the Community Languages Schools, which taught 62 different languages to students in the out-of-school hours program last year.

“Community Language Schools add to our social values through the benefits of bilingualism to educational achievement. They also boost social cohesion for the community as a whole,” Mrs Ward said.

“Learning an additional language between Kindergarten and Year 12 is a valuable life skill that students will be able to use after school or in their future career.”

Approximately 80 per cent of Community Language Schools are held in NSW Government schools, with the Department of Education subsidising the cost of that usage.

The funding will be distributed to community organisations and groups who meet specific criteria to support the operations of the schools and their teachers.

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