Additional Funding to Promote Teaching and Use of Chinese Language

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To support the efforts of Chinese community organizations to create an environment conducive to the learning of Chinese Language and its culture within and beyond schools the Ministry of Education of Singapore will be providing up to $12 million in the form of a 1:1 matching grant for funds raised by the community over the next 5 yearsThis was announced by Senior Minister of State for National Development and Education, and Chairperson of the Committee to Promote Chinese Language Learning (CPCLL), Ms Grace Fu, at the Mother Tongue Languages (MTL) Fortnight at River Valley Primary School. By expanding its current flagship programmes to benefit more students he CPCLL will strengthen its efforts to develop students to become proficient users of the language. In particular, it will expand the number of participating schools for the Cultural Performance Exposure Scheme (文化随意门) from 30 schools in 2010 to 70 schools in 2011 which allows more than 10,000 students to benefit from the programme. The CPCLL will also increase the number of participating schools for the Author-in-Residence Programme (驻校作家计划) from 47 schools in 2009 to 55 schools in 2011 to enable another 1,000 students to join the programme. To support schools in organising the Chinese Language (CL) Fortnight, the CPCLL will introduce a series of new programmes. These include the 'Books Go Around' project for primary schools, the reading project for secondary schools, drama workshops, Speakers' series, Museum Student Guides programme and workshops for parents on promoting reading among children. See Annex A (29kb .pdf) for more details. A calendar of events showing the courses that students can take part in to enrich their learning of language and appreciation of the Chinese culture will also be made available to schools. In addition, the CPCLL will strengthen its efforts to support and enhance pre-school teaching and learning of CL. To cultivate young children's interest in reading Chinese books early, the CPCLL will support pre-school centres through the 'I Love Reading Project' (我爱阅读). Under this project, pre-schools will receive a series of age-appropriate readers. Teachers from these centres will also receive relevant training in promoting reading. At least 20,000 young children are expected to benefit from this reading programme.

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