Education

Foras na Gaeilge’s work in the area of Education is multifaceted, contemporary and challenging. Amongst the highlights of 2015 are the following:

  1. Managing two of the organisation’s primary schemes, i.e The Summer Camp Scheme and the Youth Events Scheme, which together provided services to approximately 9,000 young people all over the island in 2015.
  2. Under the Investmestment Fund for the Provision of Preschools, the 4th grant of its kind was approved.
  3. Providing funding for Irish-medium education resources through An tÁisaonad Lan-Ghaeilge, and for 3 Lead Organisations whose main area of activity is education (Gael Linn, Gaelscoileanna Teoranta, and Cumann na bhFiann).
  4. Providing funding for various other projects; Gaelbhratach, and Fíbín Teo.’s interactive App for An Saol faoi Shráid, and The Gaeltacht Scholarship Scheme, to name a few.
  5. Initiating and implementing a strategy to encourage reading through Irish.
  6. Foras na Gaeilge also supports and advises a number of educational bodies including The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), The Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), and Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (CnaG).

Our Mission

To support the teaching of Irish and teaching through the medium of Irish.

Our Role

  • To advise both Governments, their agents and all others who require it in respect to Irish as it affects and is affected by the field of education.
  • To persuade and, where necessary, to put pressure on educational organisations to secure a proper place for Irish in their ethos and policies.
  • To cooperate with, and act as advocate and advisor for organisations and individuals who promote Irish in education as a lifelong process.

Our Responsibilities

  • To promote Irish in all aspects of education as a lifelong process.
  • To take part in and to make submissions to both Governments, their agents and committees that have educational terms of reference.
  • To support and assist the learning of and use of Irish in all aspects of the lifelong education process.

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Education Funding Schemes

One of the Foras na Gaeilge’s priorities is to effectively manage the annual funding of 3 of the lead organisations, Cumann na bhFiann, Gael Linn, Gaelscoileanna and an tÁisaonad. These organisations seek to promote the Irish language within the Educational Sector, nationally.

Summer Camps’ Scheme

The aim of the Summer Camps Scheme is to support groups outside the Gaeltacht to organise Summer camps through the medium of Irish during the summer period. Up to €2,500/£1,750 is available to keep fees low for the young participants. This scheme serves children between three to eighteen years of age. Applications are welcomed from camp organizers i.e Irish teachers and voluntary workers. Status: Opening Soon. inner1

Youth Events Scheme

The Youth Events Scheme aims to support groups or individuals outside of the Gaeltacht to organise events through the medium of Irish, for young people, outside school hours during the school year (September to June). Up to €5,000/£3,500 is available to keep fees low for its young participants. This scheme serves children between three to eighteen years of age. Status: Opening Soon.

Resource Services

Every effort will be made to provide teaching resources for both Primary and Post-Primary Sectors, depending on stock levels.

Participation of Foras na Gaeilge in the Education System

  1. Representation on the council of NCCA.
  2. CATOC (Comhchoiste um Áiseanna, Tacaíocht, Oiliúint is Curaclam – Joint Committee for Resources, Support, Training and Curriculum)
  3. Representation on the board of COGG
  4. Representation on the board of Comhairle na GaelscolaíochtaIonadaíocht ar
  5. Representation on the senior level working group between the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Department of Education and Skills, The Council for Gaeltacht and Gaelscoil Education, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge.
  6. Representation on the North South Standing Committee on Irish Language Education.
  7. Representation on the board of the Northern Ireland Languages Council

Staff

The staff are dynamic, committed and various in their interests and expertise who enjoy working together. The staff are based in both Dublin and Belfast. inner1

The Education Section

Dublin Offices:

Seosamh Ó Coinne (Programme Manager)

Siún Ní Dhuinn

Caitlín Ní Chonghaile

Belfast Offices:

Seán Ó Coinn (Deputy CEO / Director of Educational Services)

Séamus Mac Conmidhe

Nuala Ní Scolláin

Caoimhe Ní Chathail

Contact Details

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Dublin Office:

Tel: + 353 1 639 8400 Fax: + 353 1 639 8401

Belfast Office:

Tel: +44 28 90890970 Fax: +44 28 90890972

Gaoth Dobhair Office:

Tel: +35374 9560113 Fax: +35374 9560114 E-mail: oideachas@forasnagaeilge.ie