Date lodged: 19 October 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what impact the Gaelic Schools Capital Fund has had on the number of young people in Gaelic Medium Education.
Answered by: John Swinney 26 October 2017
Since its inception in 2008 the Gaelic Capital Fund has gone on to expand, enhance delivery and support Gaelic education at all levels across Scotland.
The Scottish Government has provided a total of £24m in support of new provision in Aberdeen, Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Highland Council, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Perth and Kinross and South Lanarkshire. We have seen the number of Gaelic standalone schools increase from 1 to 5 with a further school in Portree opening in January 2018 and Edinburgh and Glasgow both considering expanding their offer.
Not only has the Gaelic capital fund paid for buildings it has been used to support and deliver Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s eSgoil which continues to go from strength to strength providing Gaelic provision across a number of Local Authority areas in Scotland. This has led to enhanced and expanded provision for some young people who may not have been able to access their choice of language learning.