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 News Official Opening of New Satellite Hub of e-Sgoil The official opening of the new satellite hub of e-Sgoil took place yesterday, Wednesday 16th August, at the old Carinish School building in North Uist. E-Sgoil is an online learning environment that will provide connectivity initially, between all secondary schools throughout the Western Isles and beyond. It will provide greater quality of subject access, vocational choices and learning opportunities across Gaelic-medium secondary schools nationally. E-Sgoil will enable teachers to share lessons and materials no matter where they are in Scotland and will also provide the mechanism for the delivery of some classes and subjects through the medium of Gaelic. Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, officially opened the hub and met with the Comhairle’s new apprentices as part of their Induction Programme.Mr Swinney said, “e-Sgoil shows the positive impact of digital technology on education in remote and rural areas by allowing all learners to access the curriculum in both English and Gaelic through online distance learning. “I am delighted the Scottish Government is supporting this great project and we are committed to ensuring that all learners can experience an education enriched by digital technology – this is why we have published a Digital Learning and Teaching Strategy for Scotland. “It is also great to see the Comhairle’s Apprenticeship programme continuing to flourish, as part of our drive to ensure all of Scotland’s young people are fully and fairly supported into employment, and I am very pleased to have the opportunity to meet the new apprentices.”
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