It is very important that pupils within Gaelic Medium Education get an opportunity to use their Gaelic out with the classroom. There are a variety of opportunities available to GME pupils and by having a local Comann nam Pàrant group can create more opportunities for youngsters. Local Comann nam Pàrant groups can fundraise and apply for funding to help with the costs of these activities. By working with other Gaelic organisations and Gaelic members of the community and schools CnP groups can create an extensive and attractive programme of events. Below is some Gaelic organisations that can offer extra-curricular activities with links to their websites. If you would like to discuss this further with the national development officer, please contact us.
Comunn na Gàidhlig
Comunn na Gàidhlig have youth development officer established across the country who create a programme of events through the medium of Gaelic that are appropriate for the communities they are working in. They deliver various youth events throughout the year including certificated programmes such as the John Muir Award. Also the running of the Gaelic Youth Group, Sradagan, and football competitions. By pupils taking part in these events outside of school, it is hoped that they will have the confidence and encouragement to use their Gaelic more often and see it as a living language that pertains to every part of life rather than one that is only spoken in the classroom.
Spòrs Gàidhlig is an outdoor education provider who create opportunities in the outdoors which are through the medium of Gaelic and for young people. They offer a wide range of activities including Skiing, Paddle Boarding, George Scrambling, Mountain Biking and Mapland Alba including many more.
Spòrs Gàidhlig can either travel to your school or community or you can come to us at Glenmore Lodge where they can offer a unique residential experience in Gaelic.
See their website for more information: Spòrs Gàidhlig – Outdoor activities for young people in Gaelic (spors.scot)
Fèisean nan Gàidheal
Fèisean nan Gàidheal is one of Creative Scotland’s regularly funded organisations and supports 47 tuition-based Fèisean that offer tuition in traditional Gaelic arts to young people across Scotland. For over 35 years, the Fèisean have been tutoring young people in traditional music, Gaelic song and Gaelic drama. There are around 6,000 young people annually taking part in such tuition across Scotland.