Voices of the Island Croft Event
30 September 2011
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
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
· Opportunities to explore crofting communities in Skye and
· 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
Its key outcomes for young people are for an
· 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
· 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
For more information please contact:
Pam Rodway, project coordinator
Mobile: 07917 230124