Boost for Gaelic

Western Isles MSP and Minister for Scotland's Languages Alasdair Allan today announced �90,000 funding for Gaelic education projects.
Western Isles MSP and Minister for Scotland's Languages Alasdair Allan today announced �90,000 funding for Gaelic education projects.

Children learning Gaelic are set to benefit from new projects to help their studies.

Speaking at a summit on Gaelic Medium Education in Edinburgh today (Wednesday 20th), Minister for Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan said six Gaelic education projects will share £90,000.

These projects include summer schools in Gaelic communities for trainee teachers and new research on how best to support pupils with additional needs

the development of prelim exam papers in Gaelic.

Minister for Learning and Scotland’s Languages Alasdair Allan said: “Each of these projects will contribute significantly to how people can be supported in learning Gaelic.

“For Gaelic to have a sustainable and vibrant future we have to ensure that learners at every level get high quality education, resources and support. It is therefore important that, as well as delivering events and activities, we invest in support for the Gaelic language for children with specific needs, and give our teachers the best possible training.

“Immersing trainee teachers in Gaelic speaking communities will not only develop their language skills but will build their confidence in the practical use of it in day to day life. They can then pass on their own experience of the place Gaelic has in our contemporary society as well as to our cultural heritage to their pupils throughout their careers.”

Bòrd na Gàidhlig Ceannard (CEO), John Angus MacKay added: “It is very encouraging to see these strategic educational projects receiving funding from Scottish Government.

“They are important steps to creating a sustainable future for Gaelic-medium education and to meeting the need identified in the National Gaelic Language Plan to double the number of children entering Gaelic-medium education.”

The funding includes £20,000 towards publishing Prelim Papers for Gàidhlig and Gaelic Learner at Standard Grade / Higher stages and an audit of Additional Support Needs. Stòrlann Nàiseanta na Gàidhlig is creating a suite of prelim papers for Gaelic for both Fluent and Learner streams. It will look into what resources are needed to better help children with additional support needs in Gaelic Medium Education units and how that could be best delivered.

And £10,000 of funding will also go towards Gaelic summer school places for teacher training students. Glasgow University continues to develop the very successful summer school for those learning Gaelic and those on teacher training in conjunction with Bòrd na Gàidhlig on behalf of all the bodies providing teacher training in Gaelic. The summer school will allow students the opportunity to work and live in a Gaelic community as part of their learning. It is a common practice in language studies but has not been made available to those learning Gaelic before.