Asian language funding for Selwyn schools

Selwyn news
Friday, August 14, 2015

Selwyn MP Amy Adams is pleased that schools in the Selwyn area have been given $145,544 to enable more classes in Japanese and Mandarin as part of the Asian Language Learning in Schools fund.

“It’s important for our next generation to be able to communicate and work in different languages as our international and trading links grow – particularly within the Asia-Pacific region,” Ms Adams said.

The local schools that will receive a share of the funding are Lincoln Primary School, Lincoln High School, Broadfield School, Ladbrooks School, Springston School and Oaklands School, which is in the Port Hills electorate.

Meanwhile Darfield High School and Akaroa Area School will get a share of a $345,043 pool of funding allocated to a group of schools throughout the South Island under the umbrella of NetNZ. This funding is earmarked for Japanese, Korean and Mandarin language teaching.

“Our local schools are among 22 groups comprising a total of 129 schools that have received funding from the first round of the $10 million contestable fund, which aims to increase the provision of Asian languages in our schools”, Ms Adams said.

“It’s great to see our local schools will be working together to enhance the way their students learn and develop their language skills.

“We are a trading nation, so it’s important our future workforce has the opportunity to learn another language and understand another culture,” Ms Adams said.

Ms Adams noted that there were also strong cognitive benefits to learning a second language.

The programmes will begin next year.  Applications for the second funding round are now open and schools have until 25th September to register their interest.