Bòrd na Gàidhlig (BnG) are delighted to announce the launch of a new campaign entitled #DèanDiofar (make a difference) aimed at encouraging people worldwide to consider a career in Gaelic education.
This follows on from the commitment based on the National Gaelic Language Plan to continue to prioritise Gaelic-medium (GM) teacher promotion, recruitment, education, placing and retention. We will maintain a focus on routes into GM teaching. We want to see excellent support in place for teachers and a continued emphasis on the quality of Gaelic learning.
Showcasing videos and information from six teachers currently teaching in Gaelic education, you can see for yourselves the advantages and opportunities that await.
Jim Whannel, Director of Education Bòrd na Gàidhlig said, “We are delighted to introduce our new campaign for Gaelic Teaching. The demand for Gaelic Education is increasing across the country with new opportunities arising for teachers in our system each session. These videos highlight just how appealing these opportunities are for teachers. Come and teach in Gaelic – where a warm welcome awaits you.”
Dr Pauline Stephen, Chief Executive and Registrar of GTC Scotland said: “As the independent professional body for teachers in Scotland, GTC Scotland is acutely aware of education’s key role in promoting the Gaelic language. We are committed to working with Bòrd na Gàidhlig and other key stakeholders to support individuals to become Gaelic language teachers. To this end we have published a booklet in both English and Gaelic, which includes helpful advice for prospective teachers looking to teach through the medium of Gaelic or Gaelic as a language.”
Sandra MacRae, a student who received funding from BnG said, “After many years working in Gaelic, I began working in the Gaelic nursery to get a better idea of Gaelic education. I couldn’t believe how quickly the children were understanding and learning the language – particularly those who didn’t have Gaelic at home. Childrens minds are so very powerful and having been involved in their development really encouraged me. I am now undertaking the PGDE at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and UHI and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I am learning more about the ethos and theory of Gaelic education. It is hugely important to me to use Gaelic naturally in every day life. Speaking Gaelic to the children every day and encouraging them – I couldn’t ask for more.”
Further videos can be found on our Social Media channels.
We also have a wealth of information for existing teachers (GTCS registered) who wish to move towards a career in Gaelic education.