PARENTS of children in the Donegal gaeltacht who have complained for years that their children should be taught through Irish only in their first years at school have been proved correct today after the release of a major report.The research was carried out by an Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), an agency of the Department of Education which provides supports to Irish schools around the country.Pupils at Irish medium schools outside gaeltacht areas are taught through ‘total immersion’ techniques – through Irish only. This is NOT the case in many gaeltacht schools however.Researchers examined the linguistic ability of 50 children, aged between seven and 12, whose home language is exclusively Irish.They found that their competence in English significantly surpassed that in Irish.There are several reasons for this, but the pervasive nature of the English language in social, sporting and cultural contexts plays a significant part. The earlier children are exposed to bilingualism, the more their Irish is compromised, said the report.The research found that children who attended schools with English speaking pupils had the lowest levels of competence in Irish.In addition, a decline in the number of young people using Irish in Gaeltacht areas is having a knock-on effect on the way in which the language is being used for everyday communication by children.The report’s authors argue that this needs to be addressed to safeguard the Irish language.It is estimated there are now fewer than 1,000 children who are native Irish speakers in Gaeltacht area primary schools. The report recommends that the State and school patrons take steps to provide necessary supports for children who are native speakers.The report, ‘Analysis of Bilingual Competence: Language Acquisition among young people in the Gaeltacht’, was launched today.FAILURE OF DONEGAL GAELTACHT SCHOOLS TO IMPLEMENT ‘TOTAL IMMERSION’ LEADS TO WORRYING REPORT was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:irishteaching
Gardai have confirmed that a woman has died in a crash in Drumkeen this morning.The woman, who was in her 20s, died when her car was in collision with a lorry on the N13 close to the Kia Garage.The woman’s name has not yet been released until all her relatives have been contacted. Gardai have launchd a full investigation into the possible cause of the crash.Diversions from Ballybofey to Letterkenny are in place while Garda collision investigators carry out their investigation.Gardai have appealed to people to slow down and to take extra care this weekend.Although not connected with the Joule Donegal International Rally, thousands of people will be flooding into the county in the next day or so. Guard are appealing to witnesses to the crash but say they hope to have the road opened as soon a possible.GARDAI CONFIRM WOMAN IN 20s HAS DIED IN DRUMKEEN CRASH was last modified: June 19th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s statement on ‘surya namaskar’ being similar to ‘namaz’ was aimed at fooling Muslims and it would not work.Mr. Owaisi also alleged that instead of addressing issues like loss of employment due to action against slaughterhouses in the state, Adityanath was making statements that “won’t have any impact whatsoever.” “Statements drawing similarity between surya namaskar and namaz, and fasting during Ramzan and Navratri are aimed at fooling Muslims. These are not going to work,” the Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad told PTI here.“These are all patronising statements, which the Muslim community has been hearing for the past 55 years,” he said.Mr. Owaisi said the primary duty of the Chief Minister was to do justice.Mr. Adityanath had recently said ‘surya namaskar’ was similar to ‘namaz’ (prayers) offered by Muslims and those opposing the yogic exercise wanted to divide the society on religious lines.“The namaz offered by the Muslims resembles different postures and asanas of surya namaskar including pranayam,” he had said.Mr. Owaisi also slammed the decision to shut down illegal slaughterhouses in Uttar Pradesh.“Fifteen lakh people are engaged in the profession of selling and distributing meat and the action against slaughterhouses is putting their employment in jeopardy. Why isn’t he [Adityanath] addressing that? Instead of that, all these statements [on surya namaskar] are being made. It will not have any impact whatsoever,” he said.Mr. Owaisi alleged the food processing units engaged in meat export are also being closed in Uttar Pradesh.“Can you imagine the loss to the nation? Nearly Rs 11,000 crore worth of buffalo meat is exported [every year] from Uttar Pradesh itself.” The AIMIM leader also charged that the BJP-led government at the Centre is being soft on Swami Aseemanand, an accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, who was granted bail by a court here last week.The government’s statement that it is firm on its fight against terrorism is “hollow” because it is not “firm” on Aseemanand, he said.“Why are you not firm on Aseemanand? Why are you not challenging the bail given to Aseemanand? Why are you soft on Aseemanad? Aseemanand is still facing grave charges of terrorism in Mecca Masjid bomb blast, Samjhauta blast (cases).You don’t want to appeal against the bail. What kind of message are you sending?” he said.Aseemanand was released from the Chanchalguda central prison in Hyderabad last evening.