Scots Gaelic facing crisis
Menu on Isle of Skye partly written in Gaelic.
I last reported on the Gaelic language in Scotland per post of Nov 28th 2019.
Events have moved on. The following summary has been sourced from a report in today's Times newspaper.
- The language is in crisis with only 11,000 people actually using the medium in its core heartlands.
- Gaelic is no longer being passed down through the generations.
- Most of the Gaelic speakers are now aged 50 years plus.
- About 58,000 Scots (1.1 pct of the population) can actually speak the language which has been in decline since the early 1980s notwithstanding millions of pounds in taxpayer-funded initiatives.
- Most of the Gaelic speaking communities can be found in the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides), Isle of Skye and on Tiree.
- Although Gaelic is taught in primary schools (age 5 yrs-11 yrs) in Gaelic speaking areas overarching revitalisation initiatives in communities will be required to stem the decline.