A new pilot project to increase the transmission of Gaelic in the South Uist community will begin next year.
The project, which is called ‘Càirdeas Coimhearsnachd’, aims to pair fluent Gaelic speakers with different age groups in social contexts to reinforce vocabulary, usage and relationships through the language. The project is based on similar language programmes run by the Office of Gaelic Affairs, such as ‘Bun is Bàrr’ and ‘Na Gaisgich Òga’.
Ceòlas Uibhist and Comunn na Gàidhlig will lead the project with support from Cothrom Ltd and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and funding from Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
The project will run between February and June, 2020. Parents with children under the age of P4, teenagers in S1-S3, and fluent speakers of Gaelic over the age of 18 are being encouraged to participate in the project. Fluent participants will receive an honorarium for their time.
A series of regular sessions will seek to build on participants’ language skills and usage practices. Parents will receive practical support towards raising their children with Gaelic, for example.
Màiri Ann Chaimbeul, from Comunn na Gàidhlig, commented: “We’re looking forward to working with other community organisations in Uist on this project. Partnership work is a very important part of operating in small communities.”
“I think this will be a great opportunity for teenagers to learn from others in the community about a wide range of subjects.”
Shona MacLennan, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, commented: “This is an exciting project which will support the National Gaelic Language Plan’s aim of more people speaking Gaelic more often in more situations. It’s a great opportunity for young people to benefit from older people’s knowledge and ensure that the richness of the language is passed on through the different generations.”
For more information, please visit the Ceòlas website or phone 01878700154.