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Highland schools to lead off National Gaelic Debate semi-finals in Edinburgh

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Highland pupils will lead off the semi-finals of the national secondary schools’ Gaelic Debate in Edinburgh next Wednesday.

The first part will see Inverness Royal Academy B against Lionacleit School in Benbecula where their topic of debate will be ‘Gadgets like fitbits are useful for keeping people healthy.’

In the second debate of the evening, Bishopbriggs High School will be against Sir E Scott school, Harris when their topic of debate will be ‘It’s better to follow than to lead.’

The two winning teams will meet in the final, at the Scottish Parliament the following evening, Thursday December 5, where they will debate, ‘In 20 years time, the real Gàidhlig communities will be situated in the big cities.’

Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, said: “Gaelic matters.  It is part of who we are and part of Scotland’s rich cultural identity.

“The humour, insight and linguistic skill displayed by young people in this competition year after year, convincingly demonstrates that the language continues to flourish.

“It gives me immense pleasure that the final will be held on the floor of Holyrood’s debating chamber, marking this, our joint twentieth anniversary.”

The final will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal and also on the Scottish Parliament’s website.

Go to www.scottishparliament.tv for 7pm to watch live. It will also be available afterwards to catch up, edit, download and share on demand.

 

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