Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Sgoil an Taobh Siar and Comunn na Gàidhlig have been involved
in a minority languages (Gaelic; Occitan and Gaelige) Erasmus project with counterparts
from France and Ireland, for the last three years and held their dissemination event
last week at Lews Castle College.
Local partners have made friends and forged partnerships in France and Ireland through
seminars, study visits and staff and pupil exchanges and the project has allowed
partners to compare and exchange different regional teaching approaches as well as
the resources developed by the different institutions and associations.
The aim of the project was to develop and replicate good practice which may be inter-changeable
in the teaching of any regional language. One of the outcomes of the project has
been the publication of a book – Gael-Òc - which reflects the life, language and
culture of the regions which respective partners represent. Acair, Comunn na Gàidhlig
and staff and pupils at Sgoil an Taobh Siar have been instrumental in bringing this
book to fruition.
The dissemination event was held as part of the Lews Castle College’s 'Latha na Gàidhlig'.
The purpose of the day was twofold: to raise awareness of the College’s Gaelic courses
and degrees while Gaelic agencies were present to inform prospective students, undergraduates
and graduates about future employment opportunities in the Gaelic sector.
Some 65 people attended. These included forty senior pupils with Gaelic skills from
The Nicolson Institute, seeking information about Gaelic college courses/degrees
and employment opportunities using Gaelic skills.
Seven Gaelic organisations were in attendance: Lews Castle College/UHI, Comhairle
nan Eilean Siar, Comunn na Gàidhlig, BBC Radio nan Gàidheal, MacTV, Acair, and Sgoil
an Taobh Siar.
The Comhairle gave short presentations on the outcomes of the Erasmus + project,
demonstrations of the digital toolkit and fielded questions relating to the project
itself and about work opportunities for students with both Gaelic and digital skills.
A range of booklets and leaflets about the EU and the Erasmus+ Programme was on display
Angus Murray, Corporate Policy Manager at Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, who led on the
project, said: “There have been a number of benefits which have arisen out of this
project, not least that some of our young pupils have had the opportunity to sample
another language, culture and way of life.
“It has been a very interesting and worthwhile exercise to compare and contrast how
the three regions are approaching the issue of protecting a minority language.
“We would wish to thank our partners in France and Ireland as well as our local partners,
Comunn na Gàidhlig, Acair and Sgoil an Taobh Siar for their valuable contributions
to this successful project.”
Pupils involved in minority languages project
8 Sept 2017
Pupils at Sgoil an Taobh Siar received copies of the book - Gael-Òc - which reflects
the life, language and culture of the three regions.