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The announcement of the preliminary rounds of the National Gaelic Schools Debate competition has been made and the 2018 competition looks set to be another excellent year.
The first two rounds will be held at the town hall in Stornoway on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 6 and 7.
Last year, for the first time, the first rounds from Stornoway were available online, through e-Sgoil’s YouTube channel and the Deasbad Committee will be making sure that this year’s first round will also be live-streamed to a potentially global audience.
Sixteen teams from 14 schools are due to compete. Following on from the positive feedback received from the new competition format, all the schools will participate in debates over the two days, with the four teams with the highest points, across the two days, progressing to the final stages which will be held in Edinburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27 and 28.
Agnes Rennie and Boyd Robertson will join Iain Stephen Morrison as judges.
Calum Iain Macleod, chairman of the National Gaelic Schools’ Debate Mmanagement committee, said: ‘It is hard to believe that almost 20 years have passed since the first Deasbad took place in Uist in 1999.
‘I would like to thank the following for their support: Bòrd na Gàidhlig, the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, The Highland Council, Glasgow City Council, Education Scotland and, for the first time, the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
‘Following the success of the 2017 debate which saw Calum MacLennan and John Alasdair Bain from the Nicolson Institute emerge as the worthy winners, a high level of competition was set and we look forward to another year of interesting and thought-provoking debates.’