Voices of the Island Croft Event

30 September 2011

Voices of the Island Croft Event

     Voices of the Island Crofts
Isle of Skye, October 3-4th 2011

Children and crofters from crofting communities throughout the Highlands and Islands, from Argyll to Shetland are gathering in Skye on Oct 3rd and 4th for a fantastic celebration of life on the crofts. Children will present their experiences through poetry, stories and songs.

Voices of the Island Crofts is a unique opportunity in the Year of Scotland's Islands for pupils from Crofting Connections' schools to meet crofters at the Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) Gathering, at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. Crofters from all over the Crofting Counties will hear children present the poetry, stories and songs of their own communities in Scots, Gaelic, Orcadian and Shetlandic dialects.

The culmination of this gathering will be a special performance of Voices of the Island Crofts at:
Portree High School
Tuesday 4th October at 7:30pm
Admission is free but donations gratefully accepted.

The events on Skye are funded by Scotland's Islands, Bord na Gaidhlig and the Scottish Government.

Crofting Connections encourages schools to use the local community as a starting point for inter-disciplinary and cross-curricular learning, including oral history and practical learning from local crofters. This learning is often communicated through the language of the local community - including Scots and Gaelic in the Hebrides and Scots, Orcadian and Shetlandic dialects in the Northern Isles. Please have a look at this site - www.croftingconnections.com.

The aims of Voices of the Island Crofts are:
· To bring together pupils and teachers from Crofting Connections island and mainland schools in Argyll, Outer Hebrides, Highland, Orkney and Shetland to experience the linguistic diversity in crofting communities and to meet crofters from across the Highlands and Islands.
· To give two performances of Voices of the Island Crofts - the first in two parts at Sabhal Mor Ostaig for crofters and other delegates attending the SCF Gathering from Argyll, Outer Hebrides, Highland, Orkney and Shetland. The second performance at Portree High School is to be for a wider audience of local people and visitors in Skye.

The trip to Skye for Crofting Connections schools will also include:
· Opportunities to explore crofting communities in Skye and Lochalsh.
· Workshops for primary and secondary schools including art, creative writing and storytelling.
· An opportunity for teachers and pupils from all Crofting Connections schools to exchange knowledge and good practice and to get to know each other across the project areas.


Crofting Connections is a 3-year long educational project which started in August 2009, delivered in partnership by Soil Association Scotland and the Scottish Crofting Federation. It aims to enable over 1,200 young people aged 5 to 16 living in remote rural communities throughout the Highlands & Islands to learn about crofting past, present and future. It is funded for three years by HLF, SNH, LEADER, HIE and the Craignish Trust.

Its key outcomes for young people are for an increased:
· desire to live and work in their crofting communities.
· ability to keep crofting culture and practice alive in the 21st century for the benefit of rural communities and the environment.
· development of Curriculum for Excellence's four capacities - successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.
· understanding of the need for locally produced environmentally-friendly and healthy food based on low carbon principles.
See www.croftingconnections.com

For more information please contact:
Pam Rodway, project coordinator
Crofting Connections
Mobile: 07917 230124
Email: prodway@soilassociation.org






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