Local schools receive funding for Asian languages

Kaikoura news
Friday, August 14, 2015

Local MP Stuart Smith says 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.

“Amuri Area School, Cheviot Area School, Hurunui College and Kaikoura High School are part of a group of 24 schools who have been given a total of $345,043 to enable more classes in Japanese, Korean and Mandarin as part of the Asian Language Learning in Schools fund,” Mr Smith said.

“Our local schools are among 22 groups of 129 schools which have received funding from the first round of the $10 million contestable fund over three years. The aim of the fund is to increase the provision of Asian languages in our schools.

“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 have the opportunity to learn another language and understand another culture.

“There are also strong cognitive benefits to learning a second language,” Mr Smith said.

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