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Funding Boost For Sabhal Mòr Ostaig And Scottish Language

Some excellent news for the prestigious Scottish language college Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye which is to receive a further £3 million pounds in funding from the Government of Scotland to expand its campus. From the Stirling Observer:

“The Scottish Government funding will help develop the new village of Kilbeg near the Sabhal Mor Ostaig campus on Skye, providing more education, residential and business accommodation.

An additional £1 million will be available for councils to help expand Gaelic medium education.

Alasdair Allan, the minister responsible for languages, said: “Sabhal Mor Ostaig makes an important contribution to the area beyond its obvious tuition and promotion of Gaelic. This funding will help create new opportunities for the college and secure its future and to extend its education, cultural and economic role within Skye and throughout Scotland.

“Ongoing improvements to deliver better facilities and infrastructure for Gaelic medium education demonstrates the increasing demand to support young children develop bilingual language skills as part of their natural development.”

The investment was welcomed by the college.

The funding is part of the £205 million package of construction and maintenance projects to begin this year, announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney last month.

The college celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.”

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