Comhairle na Gaelscolaìochta launch video campaign

Comhairle na Gaelscolaìochta, the Council for Irish medium education in the North have launched a series a videos on their website to give information on IME.

(Apologies for fadas pointing left, I can do nothing about it!)The five videos are entitled …

1.What is Irish/Gaelic-medium Education?
2.What are the advantages of Irish/Gaelic-medium Education?
3.Irish/Gaelic-medium Education; Parent and pupil experiences
4.Irish/Gaelic-medium Education; Frequently asked questions
5.Irish-medium Post-primary Education

They should provide a good introduction to those unfamiliar with bilingual education and Irish medium education in particular. So without further ado interested parties can proceed to the videos and perhaps get back to us with comment? I think it is a good use of the internet.

  • Niall

    It seems strange to suggest this but I think it is obvious – why can’t the Irish Republic decide to do all primary teaching through Irish. Would the world fall down if they did this? I think not!
    Ok, may be not over night but have date for a switch over and a plan to do this. Why leave the advantages of bilingualism to a few when we can give it to many more? Creative is an important skill which we need throughout the whole economy.
    Perhaps the refusal to make this change is due to a fear factor or the lack of imagination of on the part of politicians.
    Getting off the point just a little, a lot has been said about the waste of money on publishing reports in Irish. One suggestion – given the fact that Irish is the official language in the RoI – publish all reports in Irish only.
    Go on be bold and think outside the box for once. Time we stop thinking of reasons for why things can’t be done and start doing them instead!
    I hear the buts already !!!

  • ggn

    Niall,

    I think we are campaiging for the right to an education in Irish.

    I believe that right is fundamental, and is the natural reading of the constition.

    Unfortunately, up to now the only education seen as a right was one in English.

    This has indeed been recongised in a recent court decision, however it seems to have been established that the right to an English medium education does not automatically veto the right to one in Irish. This is important.

    However even if it had been lost it would also have been significant as it would have entailed that one could take a child to any school in the South and demand that they be spoken to in Irish.

    For example, in Arainn Mhòir, Dùn na nGall the secondary school is in English, but the majority want it in Irish – the English speakers have a veto. Again, this is being fough in the courts.

    Unfortunately, however it is not the policy of one single party in Ireland that the right to an education in Irish be automatic.

    It is up to Irish speakers and supporters of Ireland’s Gaelic culture to fight for that right, something which would be furiously opposed by the media in the South.

    Obviously, there must be some criteria involved in recongising new schools but polls indicate that one third of the population would chose IME if it was available – lets get them their schools.

    However, the IME movement will always be a ground up movement, building on the ground. One would hope that the 40,000 kids who attend IME will have a positive influence on society and on the media in particular in the future.

    Let us leave talk of a compulsory medium of education to those who insist that the rights of English speakers automatically veto the rights of Irish speakers.

  • Ray

    “Comhairle na Gaelscolaìochta, the Council for Irish medium education in the North…”

    There has been ever been only one “Council for Irish medium education in the North” and that was Gaeloiliuint which Martin McGuinness and his fellow travelers could not tolerate because he viewed the cross-community and independent Gaeloiliuint as a threat to the Provo leadership and so he created Comhairle to destroy the Irish language in the North which Comhairle has done a mighty fine job when it comes to following the Provo and Catholic Church policy of linguistic genocide.
    Let us destroy the illegitimate and fraudulent Comhairle and return the Irish language to its rightful owners, the people of both communities, not the Provo-protecting, paedophile-protecting, British civil servants who dare not set foot in any community.