Languages Connect is an integral part of the Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026. The Plan sets out a roadmap to put Ireland in the top ten countries in Europe for the teaching and learning of foreign languages, through a number of measures targeted at improving proficiency, diversity and immersion.
In the context of Brexit and the increasing importance globally of non-English speaking countries, Minister Bruton is taking action to ensure Ireland is well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead. Once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, Ireland will be one of only two English speaking countries in the Union. This Strategy is crucial to ensuring Ireland is prepared for a changed European dynamic.
These challenges also provide opportunities. The teaching of the Irish language from an early age, means our children are exposed to bilingualism from a young age. Our position as a small, open economy at the centre of the world also puts us in a unique position. This Strategy will allow us to maximise our assets by ensuring our education and training service is well equipped to respond to a changing global environment.