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Open Evening about Gaelic Matters

Opportunity for the community to find out about opportunities and voice their opinions

On Tuesday 19th March at 7pm an Open Evening will be held at e-Sgoil where groups who are involved with Gaelic events as well as teaching outside of schools will provide information about the activities in which they are involved, but will particularly look to find out about the requirements that exists in the community and how these can best be met.

Regardless of what level of Gaelic you have, if you would like to improve your skills, or have more opportunities to use Gaelic, we would love to hear from you.

This event will also be suitable for parents with children in Gaelic Medium Education.

For further information, please visit e-Sgoil’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/E-Sgoil-818269925220852 or contact Mira Byrne: mbyrne1u@gnes.net / 01851 822 850.


These are the groups that have confirmed their attendance to date:


e-Sgoil was established to increase the subject choice in Western Isles’ schools as well as to support the expansion of Gaelic medium education locally and nationally. There is a particular emphasis on working towards equity between rural and more urban areas.

Among a wide range of other subjects, e-Sgoil currently teaches Gàidhlig/ Gaelic classes at a number of levels to schools across the country. In addition to this, we offer adult Gaelic classes in the islands and on the mainland.

e-Sgoil has worked in cooperation with a number of groups to create opportunities for using Gaelic outside the classroom. We supported the Social Enterprise Academy’s ‘Facilitation’ course, Comhairle nan Leabhraichean’s reading group ‘Leugh Leam’, as well as a pilot of pub quizzes, all of which were held in Gaelic.


Lews Castle College, UHI

Lews Castle College UHI teaches Gaelic classes and courses from complete beginner to Ph.D. level. As part of the University of the Highlands and Islands we offer degree courses, as well as Ulpan classes and SQA Higher qualifications (Gaelic and Gàidhlig). Through the University of the Highlands and Islands’ network, degree courses are offered to pupils throughout the Western Isles, using a mix of VC links and online learning materials. This has been done successfully for over 15 years now.

We also deliver and develop short courses in topics such as Genealogy and Indigenous Culture. In addition to this, we hold annual summer schools for Gaelic pupils form colleges and universities across Scotland.


 Comunn na Gàidhlig

Comunn na Gàidhlig organises Gaelic-medium activities for young people across Scotland. Among what we are involved in are Sradagan groups, the annual Sradagan camp, and certificated awards such as the John Muir Award.

Part of Comunn na Gàidhlig, Spòrs Gàidhlig allows young people to participate in outdoor activities in Gaelic. Based at Aviemore, but delighted to travel to wherever there is demand, the Spòrs Gàidhlig team, among other activities, offer walking expeditions, orienteering, gorge scrambling and skiing.


 Multimedia Unit, CnES

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Multimedia Unit is part of the Department for Education, Skills and Children’s Services. The Unit’s main aim is to support pupils in Gaelic medium education by creating new resources. We are also engaged in promoting Gaelic medium education in the Western Isles. In addition to creating stickers, posters and other support resources, the Unit is also involved in filming. The Multimedia Unit was responsible for last year’s Dìleab project and are currently working to bring the next stage to fruition.


 Community Learning and Development

Community Learning and Development, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, aims at giving young people the chance to improve their Gaelic abilities, as well as developing and increasing the number of Gaelic youth work opportunities, by cooperating with and supporting the work of community groups. We are involved with a number of initiatives that promote the use of Gaelic in the community, such as the inter-generational ‘Musical Memories’ project and Fèis Taigh Dhonnchaidh.

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