Irish Schools to teach subjects in foreign language
The announcement follows demands by the Immigrant council of Ireland - " that Irish cultural institutions and Irish cultural funders recognise the need for diversity "
We recommend that Irish cultural institutions and Irish cultural funders recognise the need for Diversity.
Furthermore, we believe that it would be valuable to support cultural ambassadors who represent Ireland from a different perspective and provide new expressive opportunities
- Immigrant council of Ireland (language and migration in Ireland report)
The new programme for Irish Schools was discussed at the National Conference of An Foras Pátrúnachta last november where it was overseen by the European Language Council, a Berlin based organisation founded by the EU Commission back in 1995 .
Director of the Council is Professor Piet Van De Craen of the Vrije university in Brussels
Speaking after the conference Mr Van De Craen said that the programme has been recommended by the European Union and it will make children better at speaking Irish , give them better maths results , a better attitude and make their brains better apt for learning and adds.. "We can start with this approach from kindergarten onwards and since young people do not ask questions , this approach can create a new generation of irish speakers who could later on then learn french , english , spanish or arabic ".
Aine Nic an tsithigh , principal at gaelscoil laois na nOg in Dublin 6 said "its completely natural that we would progress to third languages , especially now in the european context and all the languages we have now at our doorstep" .
Caoimhin Ó hEaghra , the General secretary of An Foras Pátrúnachta added "this is a great opportunity for our schools . we're especially hopeful for our schools , with this step towards multilingualism which seems like a natural evolution for us"
Meanwhile Richard Bruton has announced plans to introduce Polish , Lithuanian and Portuguese as "heritage languages" for the leaving cert .
Census 2016 figures show that the Irish Language is in decline with Polish now the top spoken language in Ireland with 135,895 daily speakers compared to just 73,803 daily Irish Speakers , In the Gaeltacht the number of Irish Speakers has fallen by 11.2% in the last 5 years.
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