Funding For Baulkham Hills Community Languages Classes

Community-run language classes in Baulkham Hills 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.

Sydney Sae Soon Presbyterian Church Inc, which runs classes at Sae Soon Presbyterian Church, will receive $51,002.88 in funding to support the operation of its community Korean lessons.

Chinese Language and Literature Association Inc, which runs classes at Baulkham Hills High School, will receive $1,461.02 in funding to support the operation of its community Chinese lessons.

Vishva Hindu Parishad of Australia Inc, which runs classes at Crestwood High School, will receive $2,125.12 in funding to support the operation of its community Sanskrit lessons.

The Hills Chinese School Inc, which runs classes at Crestwood Public School, Matthew Pearce Public School, and Winston Hills Public School, will receive $64,019.24 in funding to support the operation of its community Chinese lessons.

Carlingford Chinese Language School Inc, which runs classes at Muirfield High School, will receive $12,883.54 in funding to support the operation of its community Chinese lessons.

Rooyesh Farsi Language School Inc will receive a $2,500 to start running community classes in Farsi at Model Farms High School.

Boya College of Language and Culture will receive $2,500 to start running community Chinese lessons at Village Green Community Centre.

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott 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 Elliott said.

“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 Elliott 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.