Almost 250 Gaelic-speaking children from around Scotland are in the capital this week for the tenth annual Gaelic Schools Week, organised by Comann nam Pàrant (Nàiseanta). This year’s event has activities at Holyrood Park, the National Museum, Edinburgh Castle and Our Dynamic Earth.
Pupils from as far afield as Lochcarron, Harris, Bonar Bridge, Tain and Inverness as well as schools from the Central Belt will have the opportunity to use Gaelic outwith the classroom in a wide range of different situations.
Magaidh Wentworth, of Comann nam Pàrant, explained:
“Educational visits are so important for children’s development and perception of the language and this event provides an opportunity to learn through enjoying a number of activities in support of the curriculum through the medium of Gaelic. It also provides an opportunity to raise the profile of the language in the capital city.”
Mary MacMillan, Head of Education and Learning at Bòrd na Gàidhlig which is funding the project, added:
“The Gaelic week in Edinburgh offers an excellent opportunity for children to use their Gaelic language in a wide range of activities and subjects. They also have the opportunity to meet other Gaelic speakers from across of the country. This highlights to them from an early age that Gaelic is spoken across the whole of Scotland in both urban and rural areas.”