Across 13 operating localities linked to secondary schools with Gaelic medium education (GME) we researched the impact of the Iomairtean youth programme. The focus was measuring the extent the investment was increasing Gaelic usage amongst youths. A great mix of Iomairtean delivery models operate across the Western Isles, Inner Hebrides, Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh.
Detailed analysis of the workings and delivery of the 10 year programme involved; 40 online survey versions, group discussions with youths and parents, youth education observation sessions. Also, Gaelic teacher, Head Teachers, LA Development Officers and Youth Officer interviews. We interviewed Welsh language organisations Urdd and Mentrau Laith Cymru to reflect on gain their views on successful approaches for increasing the amount of Welsh spoken amongst youths.
Success for most Iomairtean programmes was where leaders worked dynamically to optimise on immersive recreation activities popular with youths. FilmG, the John Muir Award, football, music, drama, outdoor education and cake club all proved effective. Key drivers for success were providing relaxed non-judgemental settings for youths to converse casually without worry about making mistakes. Linking with community events and working with the older generation of Gaelic speakers proved a fabulous benefit to young and old.
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