We are delighted that the Giglets Gàidhlig literacy project is continuing and expanding. Bòrd na Gàidhlig has approved funding until 2024 for this unique digital Gaelic education project. Giglets Gàidhlig is an innovative Gaelic literacy project providing Gaelic texts together with supporting teacher and pupil resources, audio support, music, animations and illustrations as part of a digital experience.
The project provides free access to Giglets to all Scottish schools with Gaelic Medium Education (GME). All pupils and teachers within those schools can access a growing online library in Gaelic, as well as the entire collection of books in other languages. Already more than 90% of Gaelic Medium Education (GME) schools are using or are trained on Giglets Gàidhlig, with 600 teachers and 4,500 pupils registered. All Higher Education Institutions with Gaelic Initial Teacher Education (ITE) have free access to the Giglets library as well.
Jim Whannel, Director of Education at Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said:
The Giglets Gàidhlig resource base provides a wealth of materials that children and young people can use to continue to develop their literacy skills in Gaelic. It is easy to use, comprehensive and designed specifically to meet our immersion needs in Gaelic Medium Education. I would highly recommend this resource base to all our eager Gaelic Medium learners and their families – it’s fun too, with great texts and animations and useful backup material to support learning across Early Years, Primary and Secondary GME.
I'd also like to commend the Giglets team for all their excellent work in continually expanding the resource base and their current focus on supplying our Gaelic‐medium learners with high quality materials.
Giglets Gàidhlig is supported by the Gaelic Local Authority Network (GLAN) as well as all 14 Scottish local authorities involved in GME: Highland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Argyll and Bute, Glasgow, Perth and Kinross, Aberdeen City, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, Edinburgh City, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, Angus and Inverclyde Councils.
Giglets Gàidhlig is also supported by Gaelic teaching organisations, University of Edinburgh, University of Strathclyde, University of the Highlands and Islands, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and Newbattle Abbey College in Midlothian.