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Save Community Language School From Closing!

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Please help us educate government school principals and executive about the importance of supporting community language education in Australia!

 

WHAT IT IS ABOUT

After five and a half years of successful operation Hornsby Russian Community School is looking for a new government school to host it on weekends. Our school has until the middle of April 2017 to find a new home or facing a prospect of closing its doors. More than 85 children and 50+ families from the multicultural communities of Hornsby Shire, Sydney’s North Shore, Central Coast and Hills District will lose access to quality education providing means for maintaining their family language. We are facing a lack of interest and support from the local schools. We need your help in finding a new venue and educating government school principals and executive about the importance of supporting community language education in Australia.

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

Australia is a wonderful and culturally diverse country. There are more than 200 languages spoken, 5.5M of Australians were born overseas, 9.6M have at least one parent born overseas.

Imagine growing up and not being able to speak the same language as you parents and grandparents! Learning a family language is important for children from multicultural families not only to establish their identities but also to maintain deep and meaningful psychological connection with their parents and the members of their extended families. Without strong ties to their ethnic community children risk growing lacking sense of cultural identity. More importantly, as children from multicultural families go to day schools, they rapidly learn English but start losing their mother tongue. Usually their parents are unable to keep up. A language gap develops. By the teenage years children no longer have a common language for deep and meaningful interactions and expression of emotions with their parents, something that is very important at that critical stage of children’s development.

Community language schools work hard on closing this parent-child language and communication gap. Countless volunteers from more than 350 communities work tirelessly across the state helping multicultural families and their children to learn and maintain their family languages.

Despite the Department of Education providing registered community schools with access to use government school facilities to teach languages the ultimate decision to host a community school resides with local principals and school executive. Unfortunately, securing a local host school is an on-going challenge. Most community language schools face the lack of understanding and support from their government counterparts due to perceived burden from hosting a community language school. Hornsby Russian School is not an exception.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

We need your help! Please sign this petition and show your support for community language education and, specifically, Hornsby Russian Community School. Please also talk to the principal and the executive of your local government schools and help spread the word about the important role community language schools play in our society and promote the idea of community language schools being an equal partner to the day schools in delivering ever-important educational services.

Thank you for supporting community language education in Australia!



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