Mòd hits road to in­spire new gen­er­a­tion

The Oban Times - - LOCHABER TIMES & OBAN TIMES -

MORE than 14 schools across Lochaber have ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion to par­tic­i­pate in a project de­signed to get more young­sters tak­ing part in the Mòd.

The Highland Coun­cil, An Co­munn Gàid­healach and the Lochaber Na­tional Mòd Lo­cal Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee (LOC) are work­ing in part­ner­ship with Fèisean nan Gàid­heal to de­liver the Mòd Acad­emy Project in the lead up to the Royal Na­tional Mòd in Fort Wil­liam in Oc­to­ber.

The Mòd Acad­emy Project will see ex­pe­ri­enced Gaelic tu­tors and teach­ers give lan­guage and mu­si­cal tu­ition to pupils. An Co­munn of­fi­cers will also visit schools to raise aware­ness of the Mòd and how pupils can par­tic­i­pate.

Ron­ald Cameron, chair­man of LOC, said: ‘We are de­lighted The Highland Coun­cil, in part­ner­ship with An Co­munn Gàid­healach, has en­gaged Fèisean nan Gàid­heal to de­liver the Mòd Acad­emy Project to 14 schools across the area and pre­pare pupils for both lo­cal Mòds and the Royal Na­tional Mòd.

‘The project in­cludes highly ex­pe­ri­enced and renowned singers and tra­di­tion bear­ers, in­clud­ing Joy Dun­lop, Mary Ann Kennedy, Janet Campbell and Sìleas Sin­clair. Thanks go to the or­gan­is­ers, tu­tors and all the head teach­ers in­volved with the project.’

John Mor­ri­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of An Co­munn, said: ‘We are grate­ful for the funding sup­port from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Highland Coun­cil, the Pa­trons’ Fund and the con­tri­bu­tions from the fam­i­lies of the late Charlie MacColl and the late Ge­orge Smith.’

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