Statement from Bòrd na Gàidhlig regarding the Closure of Clì Gàidhlig

Bòrd na Gàidhlig Ceannard (CEO), Shona MacLennan said: “Up until March 2016 the Bòrd funded Clì to deliver different projects to support Gaelic learning, including most recently; a programme of Gaelic learning for adults, provision of information and support for the highly successful on-line learners’ resource and to support the Cothrom Ùr publication.

Prior to end of the funding agreement, Clì was one of the members on a working group to create a new learners’ strategy for adults as it had been recognised this area should be reviewed and strengthened. The strategy looks to grow and develop the numbers of adults learning Gaelic in Scotland over a 7 year period in partnership with MG ALBA, Local Authorities and others. Following the creation of the strategy, Clì made no approach for further funding to deliver on any aspects within the new strategy even after the Bòrd made it clear they were more than welcome to do so.

It is disappointing that Clì Gàidhlig have come to this decision. Clì has a proven track record in good work towards supporting the learner journey in Gaelic and I am sure many Gaelic speakers today owe thanks for helping them to reach fluency.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig is committed to supporting Gaelic leaners and increasing the opportunities to learn the language. This year alone we have invested over £580,000 towards supporting adult learning from delivery, to resources and research. We also work in partnership with a number of different organisations and bodies in this area.

We are currently creating an implementation plan for the new Gaelic for Adults Learning Strategy, ‘Ar Slighe gu Fileantas’, which will run in parallel with the 3rd National Gaelic Language Plan and will be published in the New Year.”