Murupara Kura receives funding for Asian language classes

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley has congratulated Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau who have been given $109,654 to support Japanese and Mandarin language classes from next year.

The funding is part of the $10 million Asian Language Learning in Schools fund established last year to increase the provision of Asian languages in New Zealand schools.

Mrs Tolley 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.

“Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau is among 22 groups of 129 schools which have received funding in the first round.

“It’s fantastic to see a strong and growing interest in teaching and learning Asian languages, particularly in our region.

“Earlier this year the Eastern Bay of Plenty’s Sophia Murphy and Evan Michael Collins received scholarships to study in Japan and China, as part of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia.

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

“We want our young people to have the opportunities and skills to connect and engage with people, cultures and businesses as New Zealand become increasingly multi-lingual and connected internationally,” Mrs Tolley says.

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