TG4 will be broadcasting school lessons as Gaeilge from April 20
The lessons will begin on April 20.
RTÉ's Home School Hub has been a big success for providing televised school lessons for primary school children in recent weeks. Now, TG4 has announced that it will also begin broadcasting lessons after the Easter break.
The news will no doubt be welcomed by parents whose children attend Gaelscoils across the country as well as those living in Gaeltacht areas.
Cúla4 ar Scoil will begin on April 20, and will air on weekdays from 10am to 10.30am. The programme will be aimed at primary school children and will be broadcast from Scoil na bhForbacha in the Connemara Gaeltacht.
The lessons will be hosted by primary school teachers Caitríona Ní Chualáin, who hails from Connemara and teaches in Maynooth, and Corkman Fiachra Ó Dubhghaill, who teaches in Galway. They will also be joined by contributors from other communities to ensure that there's a range of dialects included.
Múinteor Caitríona may already be familiar to regular TG4 viewers as she presents the weather at the station and does continuity announcements.
The programmes will cover core subjects of Irish, maths, history and geography – with curriculum provided by the Department of Eduction. The programme will also focus on creativity, oral traditions and wellbeing.
Children watching at home will be invited to take part and send in photos of the work they create.
TG4 will also broadcast programmes with educational themes on either side of Cúla4 ar Scoil, running from 9.30am to 11am.
Sorcha Ní Chéilleachair, Head of Tuismitheoirí na Gaeltacht said of the news:
"This initiative recognises the importance of Gaeltacht and all-Irish education in the system, and we are extremely happy that a programme of this calibre will be broadcast on TG4. This will be a positive boost for parents whose first language in the home is Irish at a time when such a boost is needed."