Bòrd na Gàidhlig has appointed Mona Wilson as the organisation’s first Director of Gaelic Education, one of the most important positions to date in Gaelic education. Mona, who has been working with Strathclyde University since 1999, as Lecturer of Gaelic and then Senior Lecturer of Gaelic, is orignally from the Isle of Lewis. She will take up her new post with the Bòrd on the 20th of this month.
The new post has a wide remit, Mona will lead Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s education team taking lead in education policy, advise the Scottish Government on Gaelic education, work with Local Authorities and other delivery agents to achieve the Bòrd’s aspirations and also act as the lead officer on managing the new obligations on the Bòrd through the Education (Scotland) Act 2016.
Welcoming the appointment, Bòrd na Gàidhlig Cathraiche (Chair), Allan MacDonald said: “We all know how important this post is in terms of Gaelic education and there are many challenges ahead. This post and the delivery of our aims and objectives are critical to the overall strategic work the Bòrd is pursuing and it lies at the heart of all our activities. Mona will be leading a team which has been strengthened recently so that it can enable the delivery of the aspirations outlined in the National Gaelic Language Plan. We were looking for an energetic and enthusiastic individual and Mona is ideally suited to enable, develop and deliver the Bòrd’s plans.”
Bòrd na Gàidhlig Interim CEO, Bruce Robertson, a former Director of Education, said: “This is a crucial appointment for us and Mona is an excellent addition to the Bòrd na Gàidhlig executive team.”
Mona has stated that one of her key aims is to build on her experience working with Strathclyde University and as Head Teacher. “’There is still a need to further strengthen the infrastructure of Gaelic education and learning generally by supporting the recruitment of a confident, appropriately trained workforce in order to service the expansion of Gaelic education. Along with the help of the Scottish Government, Local Authorities and universities, the Bòrd will support initiatives to increase the range of courses available to those who wish to enter teaching, or to transfer to teaching Gaelic or through the medium of Gaelic. I am fully aware of the need to build effective and sustainable relationships at a local and national level with all the organisations involved in delivering education and other Gaelic activities. Local authorities and the Higher Education sector are also key delivery agents and I will be working closely with them to maximise the opportunities which are available.”
Mona Wilson comes from an experienced educational background; having previously worked as the Principle Gaelic Teacher for 10 years at Tollcross Primary School in Edinburgh, an adult trainer for CLAD, and interim Head teacher of Bun Sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis.