A public consultation process was launched today for the third National Gaelic Language Plan, setting out a strategy designed to grow the numbers learning and using Gaelic in Scotland.
Launching the Plan in the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow, ahead of the evening’s popular FilmG awards, Bòrd na Gàidhlig Cathraiche (Chair), Allan MacDonald, said: “This draft Plan sets out a balanced approach to further develop and promote the Gaelic language, highlighting the central roles of Gaelic education, learning, communities, arts, media and heritage, in Scotland for the next 5 years.”
He went on: “While it is Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s duty to prepare a National Gaelic Language Plan, and to take a lead in delivering many aspects of it, the Plan belongs to the whole of Scotland with everyone playing a part in its delivery. It is only through a sense of shared ownership that it will have the best chance of success. It is therefore paramount that as many people, organisations and groups take part in the public consultation process so that the final version of the Plan is one for the whole of Scotland inspired by Scotland.”
Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, John Swinney, said: “We have seen excellent progress with Gaelic language support and development in a number of areas across Scotland over recent years. This is particularly true in the areas of education, media and the arts and this is down to the continuing hard work and strong effort of individuals and organisations involved.
“We will no doubt continue to build on this great work through the commitments in this consultation draft of the National Gaelic Language Plan. It will allow Bòrd na Gàidhlig to set out the steps that can help the Gaelic language to grow and flourish over the next 5 years and I would urge people to contribute their views on the Plan.”
The launch comes on the same week as Bòrd na Gàidhlig awards funding towards a new Gaelic drama project. Theatre Gu Leòr has been successful in the Bord’s recent tendering process in establishing a project to produce a professional Gaelic drama that will tour communities across Scotland, whilst at the same time offering on-the-job career development opportunities for those interested in working in the sector.
Welcoming the news, Catriona Lexy Campbell of Theatre Gu Leòr said: “We are delighted that Theatre Gu Leòr was successful in our application for this extremely important project. The Gaelic arts, including drama, play a key role in promoting and developing the language, and we are delighted to be able to support this at both community and national levels. We also would welcome the public consultation of the third National Gaelic Language Plan as it gives
us all the opportunity to send Bòrd na Gàidhlig our thoughts and suggestions on strengthening the plan on matters like Gaelic drama and the arts.”
The draft National Gaelic Language Plan 2017-2022 is available for public consultation in booklet form, or digitally on the Bòrd na Gàidhlig website.
The consultation period will close at 5pm on 17 May 2017.