CHAMPIONING A MULTILINGUAL SCOTLAND
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 13:44
Holyrood's Gaelic Convener encourages Scots to enhance their language skills and embrace multiculturalism
An enthusiastic advocate of multiculturalism and language-learning, the MSP for Falkirk East and Convener of Holyrood's Cross-Party Group on Gaelic, Angus MacDonald, recently supported the #1plus2 multilingual promotional event at the Scottish Parliament.
The event was hosted by Angus's parliamentary colleague, Argyll and Bute MSP Mike Russell, and brought people together from a wide range of public sector, media and educational organisations as well as from different countries and linguistic backgrounds.
In the photograph above, Angus is pictured with the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, Dr. Alasdair Allan - who, at university in Glasgow, was the first ever student to sit their examinations in Lallan Scots - and BBC Alba's Murdo Morrison and Vicky Kilgour. In the picture below, Angus, Murdo and Vicky are joined by Angus's wife Linda and the Assistant Director of Education Scotland, Joan MacKay.
Joan, like Angus, is a lifelong supporter of Gaelic with a family background in the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis.
Championing the social, educational and economic benefits of learning other languages, Vicky Kilgour's life story exemplifies the positive theme of this reception.
A Gaelic learner from Cumbernauld in Scotland's lowland central belt, Vicky nurtured a passion for the language at an early age.
Beginning with a Gaelic nursery education, she eventually went on to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands' Sabhal Mòr Ostaig campus and now presents a popular music show on Gaelic television called TMG, a clip of which can be seen at the following link: http://goo.gl/Hdqdw8
Angus and Linda were also pleased to bump into an old friend from the district of Falkirk, Conor Cloughley, at the Holyrood Garden Lobby reception.
One of the evening's charismatic speakers, Connor is a multilinguist and global adventurer. He has recently returned to his native Scotland following a spell of working in the port of Tianjin in northern China.
He is now studying Russian and Chinese at Edinburgh University and became conversant in a number of languages during his Middle Eastern and Asian travels. In this sense, as with Vicky Kilgour, Connor is a living embodiment of the empowering vision and mission of the #1plus2 movement.