Following the national launch of Scotland’s themed “Year of Young People 2018” in Edinburgh at New Year, the Outer Hebrides will see its own Year of Young People kick off later this month, with a special cèilidh initiated and organised by the islands’ young people themselves.
Not every child gets a positive start in life. Some need to be looked after, while others are affected by homelessness, mental health issues, substance misuse, and long-term health problems, and it’s young people like these that Western Isles Foyer, the independently-funded local charity, works to support.
Last month saw a series of events held in secondary schools throughout the Western Isles to introduce the options available to pupils in 4th-6th year.
E-Sgoil, the digital learning service from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education and Children’s Services Department, has grown exponentially since its launch in 2016, and now delivers online teaching across Scotland as well as throughout the Western Isles.
For disadvantaged children, receiving the right support can help them fulfil their potential, and even change their lives. In the Western Isles, part of this support comes from the Children’s Services Partnership Group.
At the last count, Bòrd na Gaidhlig reported there were 3000 primary pupils being educated in Gaelic Medium in Scotland, and with interest in Gaelic Medium Education increasing, that number is only likely to grow.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s Education and Children’s Services Department rounded off 2017 with the final meeting of the year of the Education, Sport, and Children’s Services Committee.
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Pupils, teacher, and schools across the Outer Hebrides celebrated successes at the Royal National Mod in Lochaber last month, taking home medals in everything from choral competitions to accordion solos. For music education in the islands, success is being achieved not only in traditional music, but across the board, with new initiatives, partnerships, and even a funding boost from Creative Scotland.