I am delighted to announce that community-run language schools in Wakehurst will share in more than $5 million in funding from the NSW Government.
The Community Language Schools Program provides funding to community organisations to help establish and run language schools in the local area.
Classes run for school age children with non-English speaking backgrounds to maintain their heritage languages.
Hua Xia Chinese Culture School will receive $66,000 to support its Chinese language classes and the Greek Orthodox Parish of Northern and Western Suburbs will receive $8,000. Both organisations run lessons at Brookvale Public School.
De Nederlandse School de Kangoeroe runs Dutch language classes at Forestville Public School and will receive $17,000.
The Association for Brazilian Bilingual Children’s Development runs Portuguese language classes at Brookvale and Killarney Heights public schools. It will receive $13,000 in funding.
North Shore Japanese School will receive $10,000 for classes it runs at Killarney Heights High School.
Nepali Pathsala will receive $2,500 to run Nepali language classes at PCYC Northern Beaches.
I welcome this funding. Community language schools are vital for young people to maintain strong links to their heritage and cultural identity.
I am proud to support the tireless and dedicated work of those who support our community language schools.
We treasure and celebrate the diversity of our multicultural NSW community. This is one way the NSW Government can support that diversity.