Éire Ghaelach – Éire Shaor
Some further news on Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce, the new Scottish medium school for Edinburgh, via the website Premier Construction News:
“A new school dedicated to keeping Gaelic education alive is currently being built in Edinburgh.
The £3.5 million scheme is currently being conducted on the site of the old Bonnington Primary School in Leith, and will replace the existing Gaelic medium education (GME) Unit based within Tollcross Primary School. Once work is complete on the City of Edinburgh Council led scheme, the new school – which is to be called Taobh na Pàirce – will continue to preserve the Gaelic language.
Plans for Taobh na Pàirce were given the go ahead in 2011 after public wide consultation. A group involved in the planning of the new school was then set up to steer the course of the project. The group comprises a mix of teachers, officers and parents and they have helped to ensure that the new school sits comfortably within the history of the local area.
The Scottish Government is providing £1.8 million of capital funding for the project, with a further £100,000 being sourced via additional annual revenue funding. City of Edinburgh Council provided the remainder of the funding, with £1.275 million coming from prudential borrowing.
The establishment of a dedicated Gaelic school is line with the priorities and aspirations of the Scottish Government’s National Plan for Gaelic and reaffirms the Council’s commitment to the preservation and development of the Gaelic language. The school will offer greater scope for any further growth beyond what was initially projected for both GME and the English stream at Tollcross Primary School.
Taobh na Pàirce is currently scheduled to open in August 2013.”