Bord na Gaidhlig has produced a new National Gaelic Language Plan. This sets out priorities for increasing the numbers speaking, learning and using the language.
The central aim of the Plan is to encourage and enable more people to use Gaelic more often and in a wider range of situations. The key messages, aims, priorities and new commitments contained in the Plan all contribute to achieving this increased use of Gaelic.
John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills said “I am very pleased to launch this new National Gaelic Language Plan which reflects Gaelic’s unique and important contribution to many areas of Scottish life. It is vital that we have clear agreed priorities and continue to work together to increase the numbers speaking, learning and using the language. I would like to commend Bòrd na Gàidhlig for the work they have done in completing this Plan and I look forward to the opportunities for innovation, co-operation and progress prioritised in the plan over the next five years.”
Amongst the priority areas for the next five years are:
- Initiatives targeting the use of Gaelic by young people
- Increasing the contribution Gaelic makes to the Scottish economy across different sectors
- Increasing the demand and provision for Gaelic Education
- Developing Gaelic medium workforce recruitment, retention, training and supply
- Gaelic in the family
- Gaelic Language Plans developed and implemented by public bodies; and
- Promotion of the social, economic and cultural value of Gaelic
For more information, please see the National Gaelic Language Plan 2018-2023