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Ethnic and community language schools

Ethnic and community language schools offer after-school-hours language and culture programs. These schools aim to sustain and develop the languages and cultures of Australian communities.  They are open to all students, regardless of their linguistic background. They are non-government and non-profit organisations.

The Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) and The Ethnic Schools Association of South Australia support ethnic schools with accreditation and funding.

Statement for collaboration

DECD and the Government of South Australia are fully committed to supporting the teaching of languages in South Australia, and have liaised extensively with The Ethnic Schools Association of South Australia to create a statement for collaboration (PDF 1.1MB).

The contribution of ethnic and community language Schools is recognised through this statement, which also affirms DECD’s commitment to this sector as co-providers of language and cultural programs. In the spirit of this statement, South Australia’s ethnic and community language schools are co-providers of language and cultural programs and are welcome in our public schools.

Starting an ethnic and community language school

Information sessions for communities or organisations wanting to start an ethnic and community language school are held at regular intervals. For further information please contact The Ethnic Schools Association of SA Inc. or call 8301 4816.

Funding and accreditation procedures

The State Government provides annual funding to support ethnic and community language schools to deliver language and cultural programs to South Australian school-aged students outside school hours.

The ethnic community language schools funding accreditation procedure (PDF 2.6MB) outlines the process that new and existing ethnic and community language schools must follow, and the documentation they must provide when applying for accreditation or re-accreditation and to receive funding from the South Australian Government. If you have any queries regarding accreditation/re-accreditation please contact The Ethnic Schools Association of SA Inc. or call 8301 4816.

Contact

External Relations

Phone: 8226 0042
Email: DECD.ExternalRelations [at] sa.gov.au