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The Ethnic Schools Association of SA Inc. (ESA) is the umbrella body representing 97 ethnic school authorities teaching 48 languages.

The principal belief of the Association is that all individuals have the right to maintain, develop, express and share their cultural heritages and all are equally entitled to participate in and benefit from the activities of ethnic schools.

Therefore, the objects of the Association are:
  • to promote activities for the development and benefit of ethnic schools;
  • to promote and co-ordinate the teaching of languages, history, geography and cultures of ethnic communities;
  • to develop and promote communication and co-operation between ethnic schools authorities;
  • to co-ordinate and promote inter-ethnic school social and cultural activities;
  • to promote communication and co-operation with teachers, schools and institutions involved in languages teaching.

What is an Ethnic School?

An ethnic school is a non-profit making, after-hours language and culture school open to all students irrespective of their linguistic background.

All ethnic schools work to sustain and develop the languages and cultures of Australian communities. They provide a focus for their communities and foster a sense of identity among Australians of all cultural backgrounds. Most importantly, ethnic schools promote cohesion within the diversity of multicultural society.

Ethnic schools offer the widest range of language of any Australian educational institution. Many are languages vital to Australia's economic development.

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