A new satellite hub of e-Sgoil at the old Carinish School building in North Uist
has been officially opened by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney.
Mr Swinney also met with the Comhairle’s new apprentices as part of their induction
Mr Swinney said: “e-Sgoil shows the positive impact of digital technology on education
in remote and rural areas by allowing all learners to access the curriculum in both
English and Gaelic through online distance learning.
“I am delighted the Scottish Government is supporting this great project and we are
committed to ensuring that all learners can experience an education enriched by digital
technology – this is why we have published a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy
John Swinney officially opens new e-Sgoil satellite hub
17 August 2017
“It is also great to see the comhairle’s apprenticeship programme continuing to flourish,
as part of our drive to ensure all of Scotland’s young people are fully and fairly
supported into employment, and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to meet
the new apprentices.”
Angus McCormack education committee chairman said: “Research indicates that there
is demand from young people for opportunities to study and work on the islands. e-Sgoil
is significantly enhancing the use and availability of Gàidhlig and other subjects
and widening the range of study options - both traditional and applied learning.
“Following the announcement by the Scottish Government in June regarding the launch
of the Developing the Young Workforce Regional Groups in Orkney, Shetland and the
Outer Hebrides, we are now in a position to provide new opportunities for young people
to pursue positive destinations within the islands and in doing so, slowing population
decline and strengthening the islands’ economy.
“We would wish to record our thanks to the Scottish Government for their continued
support and also to the Deputy First Minister for his support and for taking the
time to visit us today.”