A new project to use PE classes to promote and support the learning of Irish has been welcomed by a Galway TD.
The aim of the PE as Gaeilge project is to improve school children’s competence, disposition and confidence when learning the language, according to Minister Ciaran Cannon.
The first year, beginning in September, will be a pilot developmental phase including two Early Years settings, five primary and five post-primary schools and they will work together to identify and develop the resources and supports required for teachers and practitioners.
The Galway East TD said: “I’m very pleased with Minister McHugh`s launch of a project using PE classes to promote and support the learning of Irish.”
The Minister for the Diaspora and International Development explained that this project will ‘support practitioners and teachers to implement a Content and Language Integrated Learning approach to language learning’.
“This is an excellent project which in time will see an increasing number of children using the Irish language in contexts outside the classroom and I look forward to hearing of the progress of this initiative,” added Minister Cannon.
This announcement comes on the same week of the opening of Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh in Knocknacarra, which is one of the largest gaelscoileanna in Ireland.