Asia Literacy

Becoming an Asian Engaged School

Margaret River Primary is among a select group of schools successful in gaining funding to promote Asian languages and cultures within their classrooms and school communities.

As part of the national Becoming Asia Literate Grants to Schools (BALGS) initiative, Margaret River Primary has received a Federal Government Grant.  The funding will go towards our project entitled, A Taste of Asia.

This is part of the $62.4 million National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program to support Asian literacy.  We aim to promote understandings among young Australians of the cultures and languages of the target countries: Japan, China, Indonesia and Korea.

We are living in an increasingly globalised world and it is more and more vital to promote Asian languages and cultures in our schools so that our students have a better understanding and knowledge of our near neighbours.  Stay posted as our exciting projects unfold, and we celebrate our achievements in our school.

We are looking forward to working with the school and wider community to assist us to achieve our aims as we embark on our Taste of Asia journey.

For further enquiries, contact Janice Dunlop, project leader on 97572666

For more information on the Asia Education Foundation,

go to Asia Education Foundation



The Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia priority provides a regional context for learning in all areas of the curriculum. It reflects Australia’s extensive engagement with Asia in social, cultural, political, and economic spheres.

Many Asian nations are growing rapidly and are regionally and globally influential. Immigrants from all these countries have historically contributed to Australia’s development and will continue to do so in the future. An understanding of Asia underpins the capacity of Australian students to be active and informed citizens working together to build harmonious local, regional and global communities, and build Australia’s social, intellectual and creative capital. It also builds understanding of the diversity of cultures and peoples living in Australia, fosters social inclusion and cohesion and is vital to the prosperity of Australia.

This priority will ensure that students learn about and recognise the diversity within and between the countries of the Asia region. They will develop knowledge and understanding of Asian societies, cultures, beliefs and environments, and the connections between the peoples of Asia, Australia, and the rest of the world. Asia literacy provides students with the skills to communicate and engage with the peoples of Asia so they can effectively live, work and learn in the region.”

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PUAL – Click this link to visit Parents Understanding Asia Literacy website for more information or to become involved.