Parents from the six places in Argyll where children are educated through Gaelic have been invited to attend an all-Argyll convention on Saturday 29 September. The Council recently published its plan for Gaelic and this will be a chance for parents to consider it, and then make their views known. Comann nam Pàrant – the Gaelic parents’ association – is hosting this event in Glasgow. It will be held in Glasgow’s new Gaelic School, and will give parents in Argyll the chance to see how it is helping the growth of Gaelic in the city.
The National Plan for Gaelic, produced by Bòrd na Gàidhlig, targets major growth in Gaelic-medium education numbers, and parents in Argyll will have the chance to say how they want to be part of this expansion. While teacher supply remains a challenge, there has been growth in Argyll in recent years. Last year there were 221 children between Gaelic medium nursery units, primaries and secondaries, and only ten years ago the combined roll was approximately 80.
Ewen MacPherson, Chair of Oban’s Comann nam Pàrant group said,
“From October 2007, Sgoil Araich an Obain - Oban’s Gaelic medium pre-school - will run in the mornings in excellent facilities within Oban Primary Campus, allowing easy integration in due course for the children to the Gaelic Medium department within Rockfield Primary School.“
“While this provision is positive for Gaelic in Oban, we welcome the opportunity to meet with, and learn from, other Argyll parents from places like Islay and Tiree, and to make our contribution to the development of the Council’s Gaelic Language Plan.”
Comann nam Pàrant is paying for two parents from each area to travel to Glasgow, however, the invitation is open to all parents to attend, if they want to make the trip to Glasgow under their own steam. Any GME parents interested in attending should contact Magaidh Wentworth, National Parental Officer, on 07708398649.