Scottish Gaelic language needs to be awarded Unesco status

As reported in a recent article in the Scottish newspaper The Press and Journal on the call for Scottish Gaelic to be granted Unesco status: 

Kate Forbes MSP, chairwoman of the cross-party committee on Gaelic in the Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba), believes such a step would be beneficial as it would help ensure the music and historical traditions are kept alive for future generations.

“I think Gaelic is the key to Highland culture, heritage, tradition and society,” she said. “Although there is no one magic answer to the preservation of Gaelic, Unesco status is certainly one step in many towards it.

“Unesco status basically means that by giving Gaelic ‘intangible cultural heritage’ status it would mean that all the traditions and living expressions inherited from our ancestors, called the ‘seann nos’, are preserved for future generations.”


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