'Greater cognitive development': Funding boost for community language schools

Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies with members of the Assyrian Australian Association.
Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies with members of the Assyrian Australian Association.

Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies said community language schools play an important role in helping young people "maintain strong links" to their heritage and cultural identity.

This week it was announced four Fairfield language classes will share in more than $5.5 million in funding as part of the state government's Community Languages Schools Program.

The program provides funding to community organisations to help establish and run language schools. The four successful applicants were:

  1. The Assyrian Australian Association, which runs classes at St Johns Park, Cabramatta and Fairfield High Schools, will receive $30,681.42 to support the operation of its community Assyrian lessons.
  2. The Assyrian's Nation Association Inc, which runs classes at Fairfield West Public School, will receive $12,352.26 in funding to support the operation of its community Assyrian lessons.
  3. The Maltese Community Council of NSW Inc, which runs classes at Horsley Park Public School, will receive $2922.04 in funding to support the operation of its community Maltese lessons.
  4. The Australian Peace Association Inc will receive a $2500 grant to start running community classes in Arabic at Cecil Hills High School.

Ms Davies said she was proud to support 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," she said.

Education minister Sarah Mitchell said 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," she said.