To celebrate International Literacy Day, Mark visited representatives from the North-East Scots Language Board at the Elphinstone Institute. The board was set up earlier this year with the aim to promote the Scots language with the goal of making it more visible in everyday life, including Doric signage. The body is made up of representatives from both the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon’s University, as well as other north east councils and interested parties.
Commenting, Mark said:
“As the theme of this year’s International Literacy Day is ‘Literacy and Skills Development’, I thought an exciting way to mark the event would be to visit the new North-East Scots Language Board at the Elphinstone Institute.
“I think it is important to stress that literacy is wider than the English language, and also encompasses minority languages, such as North-East Scots. I hope that the excellent work being carried out by the Elphinstone Institute encourages and gives people the confidence to use Doric in both relaxed and professional environments, like they would with any other language."