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.