Standing up for Canberra

ACT schools connecting with Asia

Students at Merici College St Clare’s College, and St Mary Mackillop College will have an opportunity to better connect with Asian culture and languages with $30,000 Federal government funding announced today.

The funding has been awarded to Merici College, who will work in partnership with St Clare’s College and St Mary Mackillop College to offer beginning Mandarin to secondary students in ACT Catholic Schools. The schools will all benefit under the grant awarded under Round Two of the Becoming Asia Literate: Grants to Schools outreach program.

Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh, Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, and Senator Kate Lundy congratulated Merici College, St Clare’s College, and     St Mary Mackillop College for their collaboration in an important area of learning.

“It’s good to see schools working together to improve educational outcomes for students. China is important to Australia and our region and is also our biggest trading partner. Understanding Mandarin as well as Chinese culture will be an advantage to these Canberra students,” said Dr Leigh. 

“This funding will allow Merici College, St Clare’s College and St Mary Mackillop College to explore contemporary ways of learning about Asian cultures and languages,” said Senator Lundy.

Ms Brodtmann said 122 projects, representing 191 schools across all states and territories, will receive funding to promote the teaching and learning of Asian languages and studies of Asia in their schools.

“The National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program aims to significantly increase the number of young Australians studying the languages and cultures of China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea,” said Ms Brodtmann. 
The Becoming Asia Literate: Grants to Schools is a key element of the     $62.4 million program.

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Media Contacts

John Snobar (Brodtmann): 0435 059 099
Shobaz Kandola (Leigh): 0421 838 038
Annika Hutchins (Lundy): 0418 488 295