After a very successful pilot in 2018, preparations are now underway for Dìleab an t-Siorraidh 2019. The project aims at encouraging P7 pupils to make use of their Gaelic skills by speaking about a subject of their choice. Making use of the technology in e-Sgoil, who are supporting the project, allows the pupils to conduct the assessments in front of a screen in their own schools.
Last year, 45 pupils from throughout Lewis and Harris took part. Daniel Macleod from Back won with a lively and interesting account of his cats. An award ceremony was held at e-Sgoil which was attended by a great number of pupils as well as guests; among them were Malcolm Burr, Chief Executive of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Alasdair Allan MSP, and Sheriff Colin Scott Mackenzie who started the project up using his own money. Every participating pupil is awarded £10 and there are higher awards for the best performers.
This year, it is hoped that the project can be extended to the southern isles and the trust is currently seeking support to assist with the additional costs that would be involved in doing so.