National agency Bòrd na Gàidhlig has praised Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's Gaelic Language Plan.
And that Comhairle says it welcomes the comments from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
Bòrd na Gàidhlig said, “The work that has been carried out regarding the use of social media to promote Gaelic has been welcomed. The Bòrd is pleased to see that members of staff have been give the opportunity to attend Gaelic classes. It is also encouraging to see that the council have offered fluent members of staff the opportunity to undertake grammar classes.”
“The Bòrd is pleased to see that the progress of this plan complements the priorities in the National Plan. The progress that has been made throughout the area regarding the promotion of the learning and usage of Gaelic. The Council has carried out praiseworthy work in in the area to create usage opportunities for both children and adults. The Bòrd praises the Council for the creation of the Dìleab project. The Project has created important opportunities for people in the Western Isles to use Gaelic with other generations.”
Bòrd na Gàidhlig also highlighted the Comhairle’s new Gaelic Medium Education policy saying, “The Bòrd welcomes the changes within the Council's education policy that has resulted in all children, who are starting primary one, being enrolled in Gaelic medium education in the first instance, with the opportunity for parents to opt for English medium should they wish.
"This progress will contribute to growth in the usage and learning of Gaelic within the Western Isles. Following on from this, the Bòrd praises the Council for organising an information session about the benefits of Gaelic medium education, that was made available for attendance in Stornoway and online.
Councillor John A Maciver, Chair of the Gaelic Committee, said: “These are good comments from Bòrd na Gàidhlig on the work that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar does in relation to Gaelic. The Comhairle is fully committed to the Gaelic Language and will continue to encourage the use of Gaelic throughout the Western Isles.”
The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act was commenced on 13th February 2006 and it established Bòrd na Gàidhlig as a public body which is responsible for the preservation of Gaelic as an official language which enjoys the same respect as English in Scotland. The Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 received Royal assent on 1st June 2005.
The Act stipulates that Bòrd na Gàidhlig prepares a National Gaelic Language Plan every 5 years, and that the Bòrd asks certain public bodies to prepare and implement a Gaelic language plan. It is part of the Bòrd’s remit to give advice on matters relating to Gaelic Education, and to advise the Scottish Ministers on Gaelic matters.
The Act gives an official framework to the efforts to preserve and sustain the Gaelic language and culture, and Bòrd na Gàidhlig, in partnership with other organisations and people, is responsible for carrying out the provisions of the Act.