Údarás na Gaeltachta has welcomed the publication of the ‘Polasaí Oideachas’ on Gaeltacht Education from 2017 to 2022 by the Department of Education and Skills.
The policy contains measures designed to improve and support the provision of high-quality education through Irish in the Gaeltacht.
Kerry is home to two Gaelacht regions – Corca Dhuibhne in West Kerry and Uíbh Ráthach in South Kerry.
Údaras na Gaeltachta said it is encouraged the Polasaí Oideachas has taken into consideration many of the issues raised during the public consultation process, which involved Gaeltacht communities and organisations operating the in the Gaeltacht.
The policy recognises the roles that schools and early-years settings play in providing high-quality Irish medium education and clarifies the role of schools in supporting the Irish language as the community language in the Gaeltacht, and in preserving rural communities.
The policy recognises the challenges facing Gaeltacht families raising their children through Irish and outlines measures to address the supply of qualified teachers with a high proficiency in Irish.
The Polasaí Oideachais recognizes the work of an Comhar Naíonraí na Gaeltachta Teo and Comhairle Um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COOGG).
Údaras said it’s looking forward to working in partnership with these organisations and with the other stakeholders in implementing the policy.