Oropi School receives funding for Asian languages

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

It is more important than ever for our next generation to communicate and work in different languages as our international and trading links grow – particularly within the Asia-Pacific region, says Todd Muller.

“Oropi School is part of a group of three schools who have been given a total of $155,824 to enable more classes in Japanese and Mandarin as part of the Asian Language Learning in Schools fund,” Todd Muller said.

“Our local school is 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.

“Oropi School Principal, Andrew King, and his staff deserve our strongest support for their truly visionary approach to schooling and setting up our kids up for playing a key role in an ever globalised world.

“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,” Todd Muller 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.

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