Seachdain nan Deugairean –Gaelic Immersion for Young People
The Highland Council’s Gaelic Team, in partnership with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and with financial support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig organised the Gaelic Annual Residential event for young people which took place at the start of March at the Gaelic College in Sleat, Isle of Skye.
A total of 28 young people from Portree and Mallaig High Schools participated in the event which took place over 4 days and involved both Gaelic fluent speakers and learners.
The young people had the opportunity to take part in various work-shops including drama, media skills and out-door educational activities. The activities were planned according to their linguistic ability.
John N. MacLeod, Director of Studies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig said: “This event is a good example of the successful partnership between The Highland Council and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, ratified in a Memorandum of Understanding. It is very important that young people have the opportunity to develop their Gaelic language skills through creative and cultural activities, all within an immersion setting.”
Councillor Hamish Fraser, Chair of The Highland Council’s Gaelic Implementation Group said: “Seachdain nan Deugairean, is an important event for young people as it provides a fantastic opportunity for the young people both learners and fluent speakers to develop and use their linguistic skills out with the formal education setting. In addition to this they are able to engage in creative and sporting activities acquiring new skills whilst also meeting peers from other areas in the Highlands.”
He continued, “Seachdain nan Deugairean, is one of the key enabling actions in the Council’s Gaelic Language Plan, and I’m delighted that Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and The Council have created a positive partnership which has resulted in a successful annual event.”