Roinn na Mí-dhaonnachta agus na hIar Coilíneachta = An Roinn Oideachais

Is é sin an ceannlíne ón bhfeachtas is déanaí ó Chonradh na Gaeilge, feachtas ina bhfuil díriú á dhéanamh ar bhaill an Oireachtais ag cur ar a súile go bhfuil an Roinn Oideachais is Eolaíochta ag íonsaí na Gaeilge agus gurb é an úirlis ionsaithe atá á úsáid acu ciorclán na conspóide, Ciorclán 44/2007.

Is é seo an ciorclán a chuireann iallach ar mhúinteoirí tosnú leis an Bhéarla i rang na naíonáin beaga tar éis an chéad téarma. Cuireann sin poll sa chóras tumoideachais iomlán a bhí ag obair go h-anmhaith i mbunscoileanna agus atá ag obair i mbunscoileanna ó thuaidh go fóill.

Is é seo an litir a fuaireas ó Phádraig Mac Fhearghusa, Uachtarán Chonradh na Gaeilge agus Eagarthóir Feasta, faoin cheist seo:

A Chairde agus a Scríbhneoirí na Gaeilge,
Gheobhaidh thart ar 500 duine agaibh an teachtaireacht seo in ainneoin nach féidir libh ríomhphoist a chéile a fheiscint. Tá sé curtha ag thart ar 40 ball de Oireachtas Éireann cheana féin chomh maith: ábhar macnaimh dóibh don samhradh.
Bheinn buíoch dá bhféadfadh sibh
Seo a chur ar aghaidh go dtí cairde libh.
A fhiafraí de aon Teachta nó Seanadóir a mbuaileann sibh leis i gcaitheamh an tsamhraidh (agus d’fheadfadh sibh féachaint chuige go mbuaileann) : why doesn’t the Department stop attacking Irish medium education AND see to it that Irish is taught properly in English medium national schools.

Níl aon áibhéil ar bun agam nuair a deirim go bhfuil daonnacht an Éireannaigh faoi ionsaí – múchadh atá i gceist ag Roinn Oideachais. Léirítear an meon sa bheart.
Maithfidh sibh dom mo thaithí mar eag. ar FEASTA a chur chun tairbhe na cúise mar uachtarán ar an gConradh.

Ádh mór oraibh agus beirimis bua,
Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa

Is é seo an litir atá seolta aige chuig baill an Oireachtais. Tacaím leis an bhfeachtas seo – ach caithfear é a leathnú taobh amuigh de chiorcal chúng na scríobhnóirí Ghaeilge.

A Theachta, a chara,
For your information – despite all evidence to the contrary the Department of Education and Science still maintains its post-colonial war against immersion education, and early total immersion in infants in particular, in the 26 Counties. I refer to the failure of the Department to withdraw circular 44/2007, a circular aimed at ending early total immersion in Irish in Gaeltacht schools, which need the Departments support as never before; and in Irish medium national schools, known as gaelscoileanna, to which the Irish language community looks in order to ensure its longterm viability.
This is not acceptable behaviour from the Department. Nor is it acceptable that Dáil Éireann should allow this behaviour to continue. The humanity of Irish citizens in Ireland is under attack by a Department of Education and Science in which people who regard education through Irish as ‘bad practice’ – no matter what the evidence is to the contrary – are in the ascendant.

COGG – An Chomhairle Oideachais Ghaeilge agus Gaelscolaíochta, should be allowed to do its own research these questions.

And the Department should direct its attention to ensuring that Irish is properly taught in all national schools. It is essential that the Department provide a proper integrated and graded course in Irish for national schools generally (on the Séideán Sí model): you may not appreciate that the Department is guilty of 20 years neglect in the provision of such back up for the national teacher generally, yet attacking what little educational provision there is through Irish seems to be the priority. Besides, the Department knows that the 93% of the population who support Irish (Mac Gréil research) want their children to be properly taught the language. Dáil Éireann could see to it that the Department sets about fulfilling its responsibilities in that regard.

Cuirim leis seo mar eolas roinnt rún a ritheadh ag Ardfheis Chonradh na Gaeilge i mí Bhealtaine, ar eagla nach bhfuil siad feicthe agat cheana. Is ábhar suime an taighde is déanaí ó Thuaisceart Éireann a bhfuil tuairisc ina thaobh ar Gaelport.com thíos Agus gura maith agat as an méid seo a léamh go dtí seo.
Le dúthracht duit,
Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa, uachtarán
Thar ceann Chonradh na Gaeilge

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Rúín Ardfheise ó Chonradh na Gaeilge, 2009

8. Oideachas. Luath-thumoideachas iomlán: Dearbhaímid arís eile gur prionsabal luachmhar oideachasúil de chuid na gaelscolaíochta an tumoideachas lánGhaeilge i ranganna naíonán; go gcosnóidh Conradh na Gaeilge é i gcomhar le gaelscoileanna, tuismitheoirí agus pobal na tíre i gcoitinne an ceart seo a bhaineann le spiorad sainiúil teangeolaíoch na scoile lánGhaeilge; agus go gcuirfimid in aghaidh aon iarracht de chuid na Roinne Oideachais & Eolaíochta an prionsabal oideachais seo, a bhfuil aitheantas náisiúnta agus idirnáisiúnta aige, a chealú nó a athrú nó a mhaolú. (Craobh Thrá Lí)

9. Oideachas. Luath-thumoideachas iomlán: Iarraimid ar an Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta ciorclán 44/2007 a tharraingt siar.

10. Oideachas. Luath-thumoideachas iomlán: Éilímid go bhféachfadh na húdaráis chuí chuige go ndéanfar taighde ar bhonn uile-oileánda ar an luath-thumoideachas iomlán, cleachtas tábhachtach oideachasúil, a bhfuil dlúthbhaint aige le buanú phobal na Gaeilge lasmuigh agus laistigh den Ghaeltacht.

11. Oideachas. Ionad Náisiúnta Oideachais: Éilímid arís eile go go mbrúfaí chun cinn leis an Ionad Náisiúnta Oideachais i mBaile Bhuirne, Co. Chorcaí, a gheall Airí Oideachais agus Eolaíochta i Mí na Nollag 1999 agus arís i Meitheamh 2000: ar mhaithe le múinteoirí a chumasú chun an leas is fearr a bhaint as a dtalann féin agus as buanna a ndaltaí scoile; chun taighde leanúnach a dhéanamh ar mhúineadh na teanga; áiseanna teagaisc a fhorbairt, agus oiliúint agus tacaíocht a chur ar fáil do mhúinteoirí agus do lucht comhairle agus pleanála san oideachas.

12. Oideachas. Cúrsa Comhtháite Gaeilge: Iarrann an Ardfheis ar an Roinn Oideachais agus Eolaíochta cúrsa comhtháite Gaeilge a chur ar fáil do na bunscoileanna sin nach bunscoileanna lánGhaeilge iad; agus go ndéanfaí amhlaidh ag an dara leibhéal.
Research points to cognitive gains of Irish-medium schools
Groundbreaking research carried out by academics from Queen’s University has demonstrated the underlying advantages of Irish-medium education.

A study by Dr Judith Wylie and Dr Gerry Mulhern from Queen’s School of Psychology indicated there were significant advantages to children educated in Irish-medium schools. Aside from cultural and social benefits of bilingualism, the research showed there were real cognitive gains from being fluent in two languages.
The research -– the first of its kind involving the Irish-medium sector -–looked at short-term memory and working memory performance in primary school children. “Short memory and working memory are centrally important in all learning, indeed everyday tasks such as reading, reasoning and mental arithmetic rely heavily on these processes,” Dr Wylie said. “Using standardised tests of verbal and visual memory, our research compared groups of children from Irish-medium schools with children from the more usual English-only schools in Northern Ireland.” Results indicated that children who attended Irish-medium schools significantly outperformed those from the English-medium sector. On average, eight-year-old and 10-year-old children from Irish-medium schools were found to outperform children of a similar age from English-only schools.
However, the most dramatic finding was that eight-year-old Irish-medium children performed at least as well as, and in several areas better than, 10-year-olds from English-only schools. Dr Reamai Mathers from Iontaobhas na Gaelscolaiochta, the trust fund for the sector, welcomed the findings. “This groundbreaking work adds further evidence to the increasingly indisputable body of good science that shows that children who are educated in Irish-medium schools are not only receiving the benefit of two languages but are also receiving tangible educational advantages,” he said. Earlier this year, Key Stage 2 assessments (Primary 7), which focuses on the areas of English and maths, demonstrated that for the last three years attainment in Irish-medium education had been higher than the Northern Ireland average.
“What the Queen’s research provides is a deeper insight into the mechanisms at work in the superior performance by Irish-medium children when compared to the more usual English language schools,” Dr Mathers said. “This research is another affirmation for our schools not only in their role in the revival of our indigenous language but, because of the deep functional mental processes involved in bilingualism, their role as centres of excellence in education. “Irish-medium education is providing children with the highest levels of attainment. Indeed, so compelling is this educational case, that the argument for the ongoing and increased support for the sector at nursery, primary and post-primary level is more compelling than ever.”

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