RIcky Maung, Kay H Tway Kyi and Leo Loe.

Lyndall Rye, a teacher from the Havilah Road Preschool, is over the moon having recently received the news of her successful application for funding for a state government, children’s language program at the school.

The application was based on the increasing enrolments of Karen students at the pre-school.

“We have four Karen students presently enrolled and another four enrolled for next year,” Ms Rye said.

“We’re still taking enrolments for next year and would love any local Karen students to join us as well.”

The funding will mean that an extra Karen-speaking teacher will be employed for three hours a week.

“The language sessions will involve the whole group. And the sessions mainly involve play-based activities such as singing and counting ,” Ms Rye said.

“It will be so good to help the children have a sense of belonging. They can feel more involved in classes.”

Ms Rye said there was a spin off effect for the parents as they also benefited from the their children’s language skills.

“We’re very proud of our successful application,” she said.