Community-run language classes in Heathcote 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.

The Association for Brazilian Bilingual Children’s Development, which runs classes at Sutherland North Public School, will receive $664.10 in funding to support the operation of its community Portuguese lessons.

This program supports language diversity in the local program and I’m delighted Sutherland North Public School students are benefiting from this funding.

Community language schools play an important role in helping young people maintain strong links to their heritage and cultural identity.
I’m proud to support our community language schools and the work of their dedicated volunteers.

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.