WA Government provides funding boost to community language schools

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Language learning in Western Australia has received a major funding boost from the State Government.

The Cook Government is providing a total of $718,867 to support 53 not-for-profit community language schools, to teach more than 7,300 students across the state in 2023.

The community language schools, run mostly by volunteers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, teach more than 34 languages including Arabic, Greek, Kiswahili, Korean, Malayalam, Mandarin, Punjabi, Tamil and Vietnamese.

Students from Kindergarten-Year 12 will be supported through the program in 2023, including 50 students enrolled in the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).

Two schools are being funded for the first time in 2023, with one new language to the program, Urdu, also being supported.

In addition to the grants program, the Cook Government supports Community Languages WA, to provide professional development opportunities to more than 800 volunteer teachers and school administrators throughout the school year.

Opportunities for one-on-one mentor support from an experienced language educator are also provided through the program.

For more information about the Community Languages Program and the 2023 funding recipients, visit www.omi.wa.gov.au

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