We are always looking for new parental advocates. If you or anyone else is interested please call Coinneach on 01463-234138
The Parental Advisory Scheme was established in order to promote GME (Gaelic Medium Education) and to encourage more families to consider education through Gaelic as an option for their children. The Parental Advisory Scheme is built up of a network of parental advisors who raise awareness of GME opportunities acrossScotland. It is felt that the best advice for prospective parents to GME can come from other parents with personal experience of GME as parents or carers for children who are either currently in GME or have gone through GME. As part of the scheme we will continue to build of resources and information for parents. The main resource and information for parents currently is the ‘Fios is Freagairt’ booklet on GME, and this year we have commissioned a DVD which will accompany the booklet. The scheme is also supported by the education team at Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
We are very fortunate in the Lochaber area to have 8 dedicated and hard-working Parental Advisors who have been making a tremendous effort to build on GME in their area. They have organised and successfully carried out a number of events in the past year, including School information and open days and being present at Softplay in order to talk to parents of young children in an informal setting about the benefits of GME and bilingualism. The Parental Advisors are also currently working on plans to have a further open day at the primary school in February and also to have a presence at Fèis an Teaghlaich in Ballachulish in February also.