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Gaelic DVD

Nursery children enjoyed a 30-minute Gaelic puppet show in Oban on Wednesday, to celebrate a new DVD to improve their language skills.

Argyll and Bute Council launched the Gaelic DVD for pre-school learners this week, and is distributing 1,000 copies free to Gaelic-medium nurseries across Scotland, accompanied by glove puppets of the main character.

"Cabag" features a puppet and presenters engaging in Gaelic songs, games, rhymes and stories, and was funded by Bord na Gaidhlig through the council's Gaelic Language Act implementation fund.

"Argyll and Bute has offered Gaelic-medium education to young people for more than 20 years, said Councillor Isobel Strong, "and we have significantly expanded our provision in that time.

"Our pre-school facilities are a vital element in the success of our Gaelic education programme, as exposure to the language at a very early age makes it much easier for children to achieve fluency and competency in both Gaelic and English by the end of primary school. The DVD will be a fantastic addition to the resources available."

The DVD was compiled by Mor Media and Sealladh TV, based in Skye.

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