What steps have the Scottish government taken to support the Gaelic language in Scotland?
Gaelic is an integral part of Scotland’s heritage and the SNP recognise the strong cultural, economic and social value the language brings to our entire nation. We remain committed to increasing the use and visibility of the language to ensure its sustainable long-term future.
Later in 2016, Bòrd na Gàidhlig will be issuing for consultation the next National Gaelic Language Plan. The SNP Government will work closely with Bòrd na Gàidhlig to ensure this document contains the priorities we need to pursue in order to make further progress with Gaelic in Scotland.
Our support for Gaelic medium education is encouraging and enabling more children to learn the language and has helped to slow the decline in our population of Gaelic speakers. Since the introduction of the Gaelic Schools Capital Fund in 2008 the number of young people in Gaelic medium education has increased nationally by 32%.
In October 2016 Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney announced additional funding to improve facilities at Glasgow’s two Gaelic schools. Glendale Gaelic School and Sgoil Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu will use the extra £700,000 to further improve the learning environment for young people studying core subjects such as physical education, STEM and ICT, ensuring Gaelic learning provides a fully immersive experience across the curriculum.