The percentage of children educated through the medium of the Irish language in primary schools across Ireland, excluding the Six Counties, currently stands at less than 9%. In contrast Wales, a politically-disenfranchised region of the United Kingdom, is educating 22% of its primary-age pupils through the Welsh language, with the devolved government in Cardiff actively working to increase that figure to 30% within thirteen years. Indeed, the overall objective is to have nearly a third of all schoolchildren immersed in Welsh education by 2030, a cross-party strategy almost unimaginable in an Irish context.
From the BBC:
Plans to increase Welsh medium education have been set out as part of a target to get one million people speaking Welsh by 2050.
A strategy to double the number of Welsh speakers in the next 30 years has been published by the Welsh Government.
To hit this target, a plan to increase Welsh medium education by a third over the next 14 years has been announced.
The Conservatives said ministers would need to persuade people and communities of the benefits of bilingualism.
Currently 22% of seven-year-olds are being taught in Welsh-medium schools but ministers want it to rise to 30% at every level by 2030.
This is the difference between linguistic restoration as a matter of state policy on one hand and mere lip service and tokenism as a means of assuaging post-colonial neuroses on the other.
I’ve no idea how representative these sites are, but there is a Welsh language ‘blog of blogs’ here :
Looking at the dates shows that two or three appear each day, on a wide variety of topics.
The Scottish Gaelic equivalent seems to be here :
Which has fewer but for some reason mostly longer items.
I haven’t found a Irish equivalent, is there one out there?
Maidin mhaith Marconatrix.
This is a bit out of date but thought you might find it interesting:
why the reluctance to open gaelscoileanna. up to 25% of parents would send their children to one if it were possible, yet only 5% of schools are gaelscoileanna. many of those are hugely oversubscribed yet of the four new schools to be opened this september only one will be a bunscoil. so just to reiterate
75% of parents want an english medium school and have a choice of 95% of the schools
25% of parents would choose a gaelscoil but have to make do with 5% of the available schools
How is that equitable.
also, there are numerous advantages to having more irish medium schools, for example: http://www.gaelscoileanna.ie/news/media/english-12-surprising-benefits-of-learning-a-second-language/
Plus, there is the inherent value to protecting an endangered language, at no additional cost.
The Department of Education. Or Department of Anglicisation, more correctly.