Staff to learn Gaelic online

Staff working for public bodies will be able to learn Gaelic online using a new toolkit launched today (Thursday).

The project was launched in Inverness this morning in a new programme which forms part of a Scottish Government commitment to support the language

Western Isles MSP, who is also Minister for Gaelic and Dinny McGinley, the Irish Minister of State with special responsibility for Gaeltacht affairs, were present at the launch.

Each toolkit, developed by the Skye-based company Cànan, includes a series of generic introductory lessons, as well as personalised glossaries of useful phrases, and terminology specific to each organisation.

Alasdair Allan said: “I am very pleased to see bodies which are key to Scotland’s rural infrastructure working alongside Bòrd na Gàidhlig to widen opportunities to learn the language and about how it relates to the day-to-day work of the organisations.

“We are determined to secure a sustainable future for Gaelic, and the involvement of public bodies with a strong presence in rural Scotland, particularly the North East, is key to moving forward.”

Dinny McGinley, the Irish Minister of State with special responsibility for Gaeltacht affairs, said: “This is an exciting and innovative programme that demonstrates the positive benefits that can accrue from public sector companies working together on a shared vision. 

“I commend all who were involved in developing this project and I have no doubt that there are valuable lessons we can learn from it in Ireland as we pursue the common goal of promoting increased awareness and usage of our native Irish language.”

John Angus Mackay, Bòrd na Gàidhlig chief executive, said: “This is a truly innovative initiative and Bòrd na Gàidhlig congratulates the partner organisations on planning and implementing it.

“Its objectives, scope and scale are commendable. As well as the benefits the individual themselves will see both culturally and linguistically, each organisation is also investing in cultural diversity which better reflects today’s business environments, as well as raising the profile of our own national language.”