BEVERIDGE Primary School will receive a $25,000 grant to establish an Indian playgroup for the area.

Minister for Education James Merlino announced Beveridge to be among the 11 Victorian schools to be awarded funding as part of the Connecting Schools with Indian Communities program.

“The program is a ’hands-on’ learning opportunity for our students to deepen their intercultural capabilities and strengthen community connections in Victoria,” Mr Merlino said.

The pilot program aims to develop partnerships between schools and Victoria’s increasing Indian community and will enable Victorian students to develop their intercultural capabilities while appreciating and respecting cultural differences.

Victoria is home to the largest Indian community of any Australian state.

The funding awarded will establish a playgroup and kindergarten transition program for children of Indian families.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said the program would equip Beveridge students to develop their global citizenship and intercultural capabilities, and to understand appreciate and respect community diversity.

In recognition of Victoria’s deep connection with India, the State Government launched Victoria’s India Strategy: Our Shared Future in 2018, to celebrate the Victoria’s personal connections with India and form the foundations for a mutually beneficial partnership.

Development of Hindi-language resources for non-native speakers and programs featuring Indian cultural texts and films are some of the projects being delivered across schools as part of the program.

The program received a high number of applications from across the state.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Another point….. why are we as a State even pushing this on our children? I foresee a generation of kids that should be accepting and playful turning into bullies, racists and segregated. Instead of teaching kids that they are different, why are we not teaching our kids that we are all the same? We all bleed, we all feel and we all breathe the same air. That is all kids need to know! Bias and racism is an adult mindset, why are we indoctrinating our children with this? The Chinese, Europeans and others have had their own schools for parents to chose to utilise for generations, why are we pushing another culture into general curriculum? Seems to me politicians and their cohorts are running scared once again.

  2. Beveridge already has a huge divide between the original residents and Mandalay, what’s next? Renaming the town – I mean suburb? Totally unwarranted and divisional.

  3. What a dam disgrace! This is reverse racism and segregation! So Australian born kids are forbidden from participation????????? The whole bloody country has gone mad!

  4. Wrong wrong wrong, how are they assimilating to their community? We are pandering to a minority again!! This is definitely racism, I could imagine the outrage if the shoe was on the other foot. Why not teach them English and about our culture in our country. ‍♀️‍♀️‍♀️‍♀️

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