Community-run language classes in Epping 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 local areas.
Member for Epping Dominic Perrottet welcomed the funding, saying it will support language learning 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 Perrottet said.
“I’m proud to support our community language schools and the work of their dedicated volunteers.”
Cherrybrook Chinese Community Association Inc will receive a $19,391.72 grant to start running community classes in Mandarin at Cherrybrook Tech High School.
Ambassadors Multicultural Mission (International) Association Inc, which runs classes at Cherrybrook Technology High School, will receive $9,695.86 in funding to support the operation of its community Russian lessons.
Indo-Aust Bal Bharathi Vidyalaya-Hindi School Inc, which runs classes at Epping PS, Epping West PS and John Purchase PS will receive $8,367.66 in funding to support the operation of its community Hindi lessons.
Lindfield Korean School Inc will also receive a $2,257.94 specific project grant for Korean classes at Cherrybrook Technology High School.
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.
Several similar sized grants have also been allocated to not-for-profit groups that specialise in Persian, Greek, Sanskrit and Punjabi taking the final amount allocated to the Epping Electorate to $109,841.18.
Epping West, Roselea, Epping Heights and Carlingford Public Schools will also be locations for community language classes.