A significant boost has been revealed under the Language Assistants Scheme with 42 schools in the county set to benefit.
Donegal Minister Joe McHugh welcomed the boost for the schools with an investment worth up almost €400,000 being sanctioned on Wednesday.
“I am delighted to see a new approach to Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga, with the language support running for more than 30 weeks across the school year,” Minister McHugh said.
“Roinn na Gaeltachta, and Aire Stait Sean Kyne, have also moved to put the scheme on a more secure footing with a three year funding package totalling €3.6million.
“Beidh seo ina buntáiste mór do na scoileanna seo agus do na mic léinn atá páirteach sa scéim leis an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn.
“The schools are benefitting with better planning, the cuntóirí get more certainty about their work, the children will learn more and get more from the additional support and ultimately our language and culture is the big winner.”
The new three-year funding package Donegal alone will ensure cúntóirí will start working at the beginning of the school. year.
The scheme benefits Gaeltacht schools participating in the Gaeltacht education policy and it will now enable them to have language assistants for an extra 6 weeks during the school year from now on – 32 weeks at primary and 31 weeks in post.
McHugh continued: “The increased investment and the improved scheme is of huge benefit to the Irish Language and the Gaeltacht community.
“It is a big boost for our work in the Gaeltacht education policy and language planning process.”
The details of all the schools in Donegal which will benefit from the extra weeks are as follows:
S N Cholmcille, An Tearmann
S N Mhuire, Caiseal Ceann Droma
S N Naomh Bríd, Na Dúnaibh
S N Cholmcille, Duibhleann Riach
S N na Sráithe Móire, Leitir Ceanainn
S N Ghlasáin, An Craoslach
S N Loch an Iubhair
S. N Dhubhtach, Anagaire
S N Phádraig, Dobhar
S N Mhuire B&C, Na Doirí Beaga
S N Adhamhnáin, An Luinnigh
S N Chonaill, An Bun Beag
S N Oilibhéar Pluincéid
S N Bhríghde, Mín an Chladaigh
S N Caiseal na gCorr, Gort an Choirce
S N Cnoc na Naomh, Doire Chonaire
S N Naomh Dubhthach, Machaire Rabhartaigh
S N Fhionnáin, An Fál Carrach
S N Gort an Choirce
S N Árainn Mhór II
S N Árainn Mhór I
S N Taodhbhóg, An Clochán
S N An Choimín, An Clochán
S N Duchoraidh, An Dúchoraidh
S N Éadan Fhionnfhraoich, Na Gleannta
S N Cholmcille, Baile na Finne
S N Min an Aoire, An Charraig
S N Chartha, Chill Charthaigh
S N Na Carraige, An Charraig
S N A Chaiseal, Gleann Cholm Cille
S N Mhin Teineadh Dé, Ard an Rátha
Scoil Naomh Cholmcille, Toraigh
Scoil an Aingil Choimheadaí, An Chéidigh
Scoil Chróine An Chlochán Liath
Scoil an Bhreacaigh, Ard a Ratha
Pobalscoil na Rosann
Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Árainn Mhór
Coláiste na Carraige
Gairmscoil Chú Uladh
Coláiste Phobail Cholmcille, Toraigh
Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Na Doirí Beaga
Pobalscoil Chloich Chionnaola