HIGHLAND Council today launched Scotland’s first Gaelic education map.
The online map is designed to help parents - both those in the Highland and Islands and those considering moving to the area - to see where they can source Gaelic education in the region.
It pinpoints where the council is currently providing Gaelic education in nurseries, playgroups, primary and secondary schools and also includes details of the number of children attending each of the centres.
Councillor Hamish Fraser, chairman of the council’s Gaelic Implementation Group, said: ”This is an excellent resource and I am sure it will be a valuable tool for the public and for parents.
“The information on the number of pupils in each location also demonstrates the council’s commitment to Gaelic education. We are pleased to provide a new service by informing parents of where we currently have Gaelic provision, providing the opportunity for children to receive bilingual education through Gaelic education.”
A council spokesman explained: “The online map shows where all the Gaelic Nursery and Playgroup provision, both council and partner centres are based, including the number of children attending each of the centres. The map displays the areas where Gaelic Primary School provision is located, the number of pupils attending, and the Associated Secondary Schools where Gaelic is taught. The resource also highlights the Gaelic Secondary provision, including the number of pupils studying subjects through the medium of Gaelic, those studying Gàidhlig as fluent speakers, and those studying Gaelic as learners.”
The online map can be accessed at www.highland.gov.uk