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Dear All,

Please remember about the DCAL strategy for Ulster-Scots which is currently open for consultation responses. It is important that as many groups/individuals take this opportunity to respond so that your voice can be heard at this stage. Responses should be made in writing or by email and should address the questions which are included at various stages throughout the document.

 

DCAL are also keen to have face to face engagement with the community and plan to facilitate a couple of focus group meetings where their staff will be available to discuss the document and take feedback from those in attendance. More details to follow.

Attached are a covering letter from DCAL and a copy of the consultation document – please take this opportunity to have your say.

 

Regards,

Iain

 

 

 

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Iain Carlisle

Ulster-Scots Community Network

68 -7 2 Great Victoria Street

Belfast

BT2 7BB

T. 028 90 436710

E. iainc@ulster-scots.com

W. www.ulster-scots.com

 

DCAL Ulster Scots A5 Leaflet.pdf Download this file

Consultation on Ulster Scots strategy – Notification letter.pdf Download this file

Consultation on Ulster Scots language, heritage and culture strategy.pdf Download this file

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DCAL Ulster-Scots strategy

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Consultation on Ulster Scots language, heritage and culture strategy.pdf Download this file

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Iain Carlisle <IainC@ulster-scots.com>
Date: 1 August 2012 10:39
Subject: DCAL Ulster-Scotsd strategy
To: Iain Carlisle <IainC@ulster-scots.com>

Dear All,

Please find attached a copy of the recently published consultation for the DCAL Strategy for Ulster-Scots.

Consultation will close in November and I would encourage as many groups as possible to study the document and respond to the consultation.

USCN will prepare a comprehensive response and I will forward this to all member groups for their consideration prior to its submission.

 

Regards,

Iain

 

 

Iain Carlisle

Ulster-Scots Community Network

68 – 72 Great Victoria St

Belfast

BT21 7BB

T. 028 90 436710

E. iainc@ulster-scots.com

 

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School children ‘could study Ulster-Scots for GCSE’

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25 July 2012 Last updated at 11:36 
School children 'could study Ulster-Scots for GCSE'
By Robbie Meredith
BBC News

School children in Northern Ireland could be given the opportunity to study Ulster-Scots to GCSE or A Level.

The proposal is included in a strategy produced by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL).

The areas for action include promotion of Ulster Scots language and culture in education and the media.

DCAL have also produced a similar strategy for developing the Irish language.

The Strategy for Ulster Scots language, heritage and culture is currently out for public consultation.

It includes a number of proposals aimed at children in primary and secondary education.

These include developing a "an A-Level in Ulster Scots language, heritage and culture".

There are also plans to develop a GCSE level qualification, and to establish a unit in the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and assessment (CCEA) to provide learning and exam materials on Ulster-Scots.

The strategy also includes plans to increase the number of Ulster Scots programmes on television and the development of a "dedicated Ulster Scots language, heritage and culture radio station".

The strategy has been welcomed by leading Ulster-Scots activist Lord Laird who said that Ulster Scots had stamped its culture on other parts of the world particularly America.

"Seventeen presidents of the United States came from Ulster. Twelve men stood on the moon and two of them were Ulster men – people whose ancestors a few generations before came from Ulster," he said.

"I had no part in the writing of the Belfast Agreement. But in the Belfast Agreement it says that the Ulster Scots language, culture and heritage has equal status to that of Irish.

"A lot of people voted for it. We have found over the years we have not been able to cash in that cheque, for want of a better word, but we are slowly beginning to do this."

Consultation for the proposals ends on 27 November.
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