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Parents to have their say on the future of Gaelic medium education

14/11/07

Parents of children in Gaelic medium education in the Western Isles are being invited to put forward their own proposals for local schooling. Comann nam Pàrant is holding a series of meetings across the islands to gather parents’ views on how Gaelic medium education should be strengthened for the future.

Since Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) announced a review of all schools, many families have voiced concerns about the possible impact on Gaelic medium education. Comann nam Pàrant and Bòrd na Gàidhlig expect to be formally invited to respond to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's public consultation on the schools review process.

Comann nam Pàrant wants to secure the best possible outcome for children educated through Gaelic. These meetings will offer all current and prospective parents a chance to put forward their ideas and proposals. As the Comhairle undertakes its own review, parents will be prepared and can contribute to the consultation on the basis of a locally developed and agreed way forward for Gaelic medium education.

The meeting details are:

Place

Date – all from 7.30 to 9 pm

Venue

Barra

Thursday 22 November 2007

Barra Learning Centre

Ness

Wednesday 28 November 2007

Ness Learning Centre

Shawbost

Thursday 29 November 2007

Shawbost Old School

Harris

Monday 3 December 2007

Tarbert Community Centre

Point

Tuesday 4 December 2007

Tiumpanhead Community Centre

Back

Wednesday 12 December 2007

Coll Centre

Breasclete

Thursday 13 December 2007

Breasclete Community Centre

Lochs

Wednesday 9 January 2008

Balallan Hall

Stornoway

Thursday 10 January 2008

Stornoway Town Hall

South Uist

Monday 14 January 2008

Kildonan Museum

North Uist

Tuesday 15 January 2008

Carinish Hall

Benbecula

Wednesday 16 January 2008

Benbecula Learning Centre

 

“The changes that may be introduced by the Comhairle are likely to be the biggest for a generation, and the implications for Gaelic medium education could be highly significant” said Magaidh Wentworth, the national Parental Officer. “This is an ideal opportunity to enhance how Gaelic medium education is delivered and secure its future; a chance that may not present itself again for many years”.

Bòrd na Gàidhlig is supporting this exercise.

“The Comhairle has recently restated its belief that parental demand is central to how it develops services. So we are keen to support this process that will assist parents to consider their options and help them to present their collective views to the Comhairle”,

said Rosemary Ward, Education Manager for the Bòrd.

For further details please contact Magaidh Wentworth on 01463 234 138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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