Have say on £160K plan to pro­mote Gaelic in schools

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Rachel Clark

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are be­ing in­vited to have their say on the fu­ture of Gaelic in Perth and Kin­ross.

Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil’s £160,000 sec­ond Gaelic lan­guage plan for 2018-2022, which sets out the coun­cil’s aims and am­bi­tions for the lan­guage over the next five years, as well as steps to be taken to achieve these aims, went out for con­sul­ta­tion to the pub­lic on Mon­day, Au­gust 18.

The plans in­clude teach­ing the lan­guage to coun­cil staff and the coun­cil adopt­ing a bilin­gual logo, and train­ing more Gaelic-speak­ing teach­ers, play lead­ers and support as­sis­tants, to boost the cur­rent num­bers of 13.

The plans also in­clude in­tro­duc­ing a Gaelic short film com­pe­ti­tion to gen­er­ate in­ter­est in learn­ing the de­clin­ing lan­guage, with the num­ber of peo­ple in Perth and Kin­ross speak­ing Gaelic fall­ing to only 1,287 in the most re­cent fig­ures.

This plan re­news and re­freshes the coun­cil’s first Gaelic lan­guage plan, which was im­ple­mented by elected mem­bers on De­cem­ber 19, 2012, and is part of the coun­cil’s le­gal obli­ga­tion to demon­strate the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s com­mit­ment to in­creas­ing the aware­ness and use of Gaelic in the area.

Cllr Mur­ray Lyle, the deputy leader of the coun­cil, said: “Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to the ob­jec­tives set out in the na­tional plan for Gaelic and will put in place the nec­es­sary struc­tures and ini­tia­tives to en­sure that the lan­guage has a sus­tain­able fu­ture in this area.

“Our new Gaelic lan­guage plan sets out our plans for Gaelic over the next five years and through the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion the coun­cil is com­mit­ted to get­ting the views of as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble on how we can achieve this.”

The plan will look to de­velop the lan­guage in ed­u­ca­tion, the work­place and the home, and will work with arts, me­dia and her­itage to raise aware­ness of its use. The con­sul­ta­tion runs un­til Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

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