Bòrd na Gàidhlig seeks to establish new Gaelic Residential Events

BÒRD na Gàidhlig published their action plan ‘Ginealach Ùr na Gàidhlig’ last year, with the primary aim of growing the number of Gaelic speakers.

Ginealach Ùr na Gàidhlig proposes that a programme of Gaelic-medium Residential Events be established, primarily aimed at teenagers.

This will offer young people undertaking their education through the medium of Gaelic an opportunity to use their language skills in a social setting, outwith the formal school environment.

David Boag, Leasaiche Cànain Gàidhlig (Head of Gaelic Usage) at Bòrd na Gaidhlig said: “There is no doubt that the Gaelic-medium education system in Scotland is vital to ensure an increase in numbers of Gaelic speakers, and many of the proposed actions within Ginealach Ur na Gàidhlig aim to strengthen and expand this system.

“There is also no doubt that there is a need for more opportunities outwith school for young people to strengthen their language skills, through usage in informal settings.”

Bòrd na Gàidhlig are now seeking applications from organisations who would be willing to establish and run such events in the period from the beginning of the school summer holidays 2011 to the end of the 2012 summer holidays.

The closing date for applications is Friday, March 11.

Mr Boag added: “We are hopeful that organisations from across Scotland will consider coming forward, to give young Gaelic speakers the best possible opportunity to strengthen their language skills within and outside of the classroom.”

For more information, visit www.gaidhlig.org.uk/support-schemes/residential-events.html or call Diabhidh Boag on 01463 225 454.