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Inspirational community language teachers recognised at inaugural awards

WA Outstanding Community Language Teacher of the Year nominees with ESAWA President, Enzo Sirna, Hon Paul Papalia and OMI Executive Director, Kim Ellwood

Russian language teacher, Irina Yakimenko has received the 2018 inaugural Outstanding Community Language Teacher award for her commitment and dedication to language and cultural learning.
Presented by the Ethnic Schools Association of WA in partnership with the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI), the award celebrates the contribution, professionalism and achievements of teachers working in community language schools across the State.
Irina, who teaches at the Cultural Learning Centre Mosaica, was recognised for her creative approach to teaching which incorporates performance, new media and problem solving. Her commitment to instilling a lifelong love of learning in students impressed the judges.
Community language schools provide out-of-school-hours language and cultural learning and are staffed by professional, highly dedicated volunteers. There are more than 100,000 community language schools operating across Australia.
In Western Australia, the State Government supports 47 community language schools through OMI's Community Languages Program. More than 5,000 school-aged children attend these schools across the State.
More information on OMI's Community Languages Program​