The Government demonstrate their commitment to affording equal respect and recognition to the Irish and Ulster-Scots languages and cultures by ensuring that Ulster-Scots and Irish cultural and language development are given equal importance and equal consideration within the overarching framework of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and subject to budgetary and business planning processes.
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has tasked the Ulster-Scots Agency with drawing up a package of measures, supported by business cases, to enhance and develop the Ulster-Scots language, heritage and culture in the light of the commitment contained in the agreement at St Andrews.
There is a great deal of scope within the revised curriculum for schools to teach Ulster-Scots history and culture. In particular, pupils will have opportunities to learn about cultural heritage under citizenship provision. The department has also provided support to the Ulster-Scots Agency for the publication of its primary school curriculum materials, which were launched by the Education Minister in April 2006.