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New Programme Teaching Irish and Ulster-Scots in Blackwater Integrated College

21/11/16 | Integrated Education

Blackwater Integrated College will begin facilitating a new six-week cultural programme with one of their year 9 classes during November.  The objective of the programme, designed by the Ulster-Scots Agency and Foras na Gaeilge, is to provide students with an introduction to Irish language and Ulster-Scots culture, heritage and language.  Students will look at the similarities of Irish and Ulster-Scots, in addition to looking into how the two languages differ before exploring their own individual identity looking at their heritage and genealogy.

The programme has been designed specifically for post-primary Integrated schools and fits within the curriculum area of Learning for Life and Work.

Ian Crozier, Chief Executive of the Ulster-Scots Agency said ‘We are delighted to be facilitating this new cultural programme in Blackwater Integrated College.  Ulster-Scots is an important part of all curriculum areas with its rich culture, heritage, inventors, music and language.  This introductory programme will allow students to explore the various cultures in Northern Ireland today, allowing them to recognise our similarities and celebrate diversity.’

Seán Ó Coinn from Foras na Gaelige said ‘We are happy to be involved in this project that encompasses both the Irish language and Ulster-Scots culture and language, working side by side. We feel that this course provides an excellent opportunity to give our young people a deeper understanding to our similarities and differences in a positive and fun way. We are delighted that Blackwater Integrated College is participating in this forward thinking project and we are looking forward to engaging with the College pupils.’