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United Kingdom : O Dowd provides Au112,000 for Bagpipe and Highland Dance Tuition.

Education Minister John O Dowd has announced Au112,000 funding for a Bagpipe and Highland Dance Tuition pilot project in schools in Derry and Strabane.

Over 300 pupils will benefit from opportunities to learn Highland dance and bagpipes.This programme will be delivered by Bready and District Ulster Scots Development Association who have successfully delivered a pilot project of highland dance and bagpipe tuition. DE funding will enable more children to participate by encouraging more schools to participate in the pilot project.

The Minister said: This project has many benefits. It will contribute to the cultural life of the schools taking part and also provide children with an introduction to music and dance as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle. Not only that, the project will enhance the Ulster Scots culture and heritage and enhance the delivery of the curriculum.

The pupils from all ages in our schools will have the opportunity to learn Highland Dance and get the chance to learn the bagpipes. I am pleased to support the extension of Ulster Scots culture and history into the classroom.

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Date:Sep 25, 2015
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