Comunn na Gàidhlig has established a new Sradagan group for children aged between 5-12 years in the Stornoway area.
This comes after increased demand from parents to see more Gaelic groups established to provide additional language support for children.
Sradagan are community groups entirely conducted through the medium of Gaelic. The new group first meeting a fortnight ago and started with around 20 young people in attendance. Since then the numbers have grown.
The group meets every Tuesday evening between 6-7:15pm in Laxdale Community Hall. Children come from the two schools, Laxdale and Stornoway Primary and they are provided with the opportunity to play different games and get to know one another, through speaking Gaelic, in an informal environment.
Sradagan gives young people a chance to develop their language skills with other young people their age.
This is especially important for children whose only exposure to the language is through school.
In order to keep Gaelic as a living language in our day and in the future, it needs to be used not only in schools but also in our communities. Sradagan groups provide support by creating a bridge between schools and the community, so that the language will develop.
The group provides opportunities for the young people to use the language amongst a variety of people in different environments and also helps them gain confidence in their ability to use Gaelic themselves.
It is of immense importance that the habit of using Gaelic is established amongst young people before they leave school.
If any parents are interested in seeing Sradagan established in any other communities on the island, please get in touch with us at Comunn na Gàidhlig.