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