Children at Australia can now learn Hindi, with the Australian government's new initiative. Australia today launched an online programme for its nation's pre-schoolers to learn foreign languages like Hindi and more from the next academic year.
Through an app called Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) teachers and students will be able to learn new languages.
The Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, announced that the government would extend the programme to offer Australian pre-schoolers the opportunity to learn Italian and Spanish in 2017 and Hindi and Modern Greek in 2018.
According to him almost 10,000 children had been part of the $9.8 million programme so far, with almost two in three students studying either Chinese or Japanese. The government has allocated an additional $5.9 million for the national roll out.
"We know life-long learning begins from the youngest years and our $15.7 million investment in the languages app highlights the Turnbull Government's commitment to reviving the study of languages throughout Australia's early education centres, schools and universities," Birmingham said.
"The ELLA programme has been extremely popular with children, parents and educators and it's exciting to see it not only expanded to a national rollout but to also include an additional four languages," he said.
"We live in a globalised world and initiatives like the languages app are vital to supporting our children to take full advantage of the new opportunities our economic transition presents," Birmingham said.
"It is particularly encouraging to see in what many describe as the 'Asian Century' that almost two in three students are studying the vital languages Chinese and Japanese," he added.
"As the Asia Education Foundation's Senior Secondary Languages report has shown, the proportion of year 12 students studying another language has dropped from 40 per cent in the 1960s to just 12 per cent today, which is why it's encouraging that Australian children - and parents alike - have taken to the Polyglotsapps with such enthusiasm," he said.