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FUNDING FOR MONARO COMMUNITY LANGUAGES CLASSES
Member for Monaro John Barilaro has met with students at the Queanbeyan Community Chinese School, following news community-run language classes in the Monaro 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.
The Queanbeyan Community Chinese Language School, which runs classes at Queanbeyan High School, will receive $2,125 in funding to support the operation of its community Mandarin lessons.
While the Monaro Portuguese School, which runs classes at Queanbeyan Public School, will receive more than $1,590 in funding.
Member for Monaro John Barilaro 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,” Mr Barilaro.
“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,” Mr Barilaro 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.