Gaelic learn­ers’ group is to close

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

GAELIC learn­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion Clì Gàidhlig is to fold.

At the group’s an­nual meet­ing in Ed­in­burgh on Satur­day, mem­bers voted to sup­port a spe­cial res­o­lu­tion to dis­solve Clì.

Mem­bers also sup­ported a mo­tion to send a pe­ti­tion to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment call­ing for MSPs to con­duct an in­quiry into Gaelic de­vel­op­ment in Scot­land.

Clì chair­woman Rachel Al­corn said: ‘It is with sad­ness that the man­age­ment com­mit­tee have made this rec­om­men­da­tion to mem­bers, be­cause of the lack of fi­nance aris­ing from Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s de­ci­sions to with­hold fund­ing from us.

‘I would like to thank those who worked for Clì over the years and those who were mem­bers. They did so much for the cause of Gaelic and Gaelic learn­ers.’

In a state­ment on Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s web­site re­gard­ing the clo­sure of Clì Gàidhlig, Bòrd na Gàidhlig Cean­nard (CEO), Shona MacLen­nan said: ‘Up un­til March 2016 the Bòrd funded Clì to de­liver dif­fer­ent projects to sup­port Gaelic learn­ing. Prior to the end of the fund­ing agree­ment, Clì was one of the mem­bers on a work­ing group to cre­ate a new learn­ers’ strat­egy for adults. The strat­egy looks to grow and de­velop the num­bers of adults learn­ing Gaelic in Scot­land over a seven-year pe­riod in part­ner­ship with MG ALBA, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and oth­ers. Fol­low­ing the cre­ation of the strat­egy, Clì made no ap­proach for fur­ther fund­ing to de­liver on any as­pects within the new strat­egy even af­ter the Bòrd made it clear they were more than welcome to do so.

‘It is dis­ap­point­ing that Clì Gàidhlig have come to this de­ci­sion.

‘Bòrd na Gàidhlig is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing Gaelic learn­ers and in­creas­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties to learn the lan­guage.’

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