31st October 2011
Final preparations are taking place ahead of the 2011 BT Scotland National Schools Gaelic Debate. The first two rounds will again be held in An Lanntair in Stornoway next week, Tuesday and Wednesday the 8th and 9th of November 2011. The first round will commence at 1.00pm and again at 6.30pm on Tuesday the 8th. The annual event will bring together twenty debating teams from nineteen schools from across Scotland who will all compete in this prestigious competition which is now in its thirteenth year. Competing for the first time are Oban High School and Grange Academy from Kilmarnock.
The final four schools will compete in the semi-finals which will be held in the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh on Tuesday 29th of November 2011. The Final of the BT Alba Debate will once again be held in the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood on Wednesday the 30th of November 2011 and will be broadcast live on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal on that evening.
The ten winning teams from Round One, along with the two other teams deemed worthy of a place in the next round by the adjudicators will all debate the same topic in the second round. The four teams with the highest points will progress to the semi-finals in Edinburgh. Round Two will take place on Wednesday the 9th, commencing at 1.30pm and six debates will be heard. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend the debates. Chairperson of the BT Scotland National Gaelic Schools’ Debate Management Committee Calum Iain MacLeod said:
“I would encourage members of the public to go along and support the 2011 Deasbad BT Alba. Through the course of the first two rounds we see some excellent debates – a showcase of the strength of the debating and communication skills of our Gaelic speaking youngsters. It is also particularly encouraging to welcome two new schools to this year’s Debate and trust they all have an enjoyable and beneficial experience. I would thoroughly recommend those interested in a great afternoon or evening’s entertainment to make their way to An Lanntair”.
Further information on the BT 2011 Debate can be found on the Debate’s website. The new training video which is being made available online to all the participants of this year’s Debate is also available to view on the Deasbad website.