Highland council area 2001 Census: persons with Gaelic language abilities – numbers (Under-20s as: 0-2, 3-4, 5-11, 12-15, and 16-19)
Highland council area 2001 Census: persons with Gaelic language abilities – numbers (Under-20s as: 0-4, 5-9, 10-14, and 15-19)
Highland – Gaelic language abilities by age 2001 Census Note: The ‘Read/write, other combinations’ category contained a very small number of persons (unknown but fewer than 58) able to speak and write but not read Gaelic. Gaelic speakers aged 3-15 totalled: 2,233 - 6.3% of the total age-group. For 1991 they were: 2,005 – 5.6%; for 1981: 1,823 – 4.8%; and 1971: 1,593 – 4.2%. This represents consistent and significant growth. However, by itself it cannot yet overcome other net losses.. Gaelic speaker primary gains only slightly diminish at secondary level, but sharply decline thereafter. Gains due to GME primary policies will not translate into community growth without more developed policies at secondary level and effective post-school support.
Highland council area 2001 Census: all persons with and without Gaelic language abilities – numbers (under-20s as: 0-2, 3-4, 5-11, 12-15, and 16-19.)
Highland council area 2001 Census: all persons with and without Gaelic language abilities – numbers (under-20s as: 0-4, 5-9, 10-14, and 15-19.)
Highland – Gaelic language abilities by age 2001 Census Gaelic speakers in the 3-15 age-group as a proportion of all Gaelic speakers aged 3+ was: 17.2% in 2001, compared with: 13.6% in 1991, 11.0% in 1981, and: 9.2% in 1971. Gaelic speakers in tht 3-25 age-group as a proportion of all Gaelic speakers aged 3+was: 24.7% in 2001, compared with: 21.3% in 1991, 18.7% in 1981, and: 15.8% in 1971. This represents a steady growth towards Gaelic community viability (which needs to exceed 33.3% even to match natural losses.).
Highland council area 2001 Census: all persons with and without Gaelic language abilities – percentages (under-20s as: 0-2, 3-4, 5-11, 12-15, and 16-19.)
Highland council area: young people in 2001 Census The census pesentation as age groups 0-2, 3-4, 5-11, 12-15, 16-19 distorts the comparison with older age groups. Further analysis has enabled under-20s to be shown in comparable 5- year cohorts, with Gaelic abilities re-partitioned between them. Highland council area shows an acute population loss amongst 15 – 34s in common with other Highlands and Islands areas.. The 5-15 population ‘bulge’ is not maintained amongst 16-29s.. Amongst under-15s Gaelic speakers have increased in numbers and proportions at every census since 1971 is probably due more to supportive Gaelic education policies than migration.. GME in Highland is beginning to make a demographic impact. It is slowing down decline but not yet sufficiently to reverse it. Whilst primary gains have translated into secondary, turning them into actual community growth will require further development in secondary schooling, and new post-school initiatives.
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