Scriobh Leabhar Project
The Scríobh Leabhar project aims to awaken childrens’ interest in Irish books, by encouraging them to design and write their own books as Gaeilge. The programme is organised by Foras na Gaeilge, in cooperation with several Education Centres and organisations on the island of Ireland. The programme is run through Irish. In Co. Wexford Education Centre, the project runs as follows:
1. We invite schools to participate in the scheme by expressing interest in February and follow up with a letter to interested schools. A timeline for the project is set out.
2. The teachers work with the children in the schools to develop their writing. The children design, write and bind their books. The books can be handwritten and illustrated or be produced using ICT. The pupils can write individual books, or work in groups, or produce whole class books. The schools then send a registration form to the education centre listing the number of teachers & classes taking part, and the number of books they will write. This is important information so that the swopping can be organised and so that the certificates can be ordered.
3. Towards the end of the project the schools swop books. The centre will write to the ‘co-ordinating teacher’ in each school with information regarding the day/date for swopping and information on how to present the books (copy of the list to be filled in etc). The co-ordinating teacher is responsible for disseminating this information to the participating classes and teachers in the school.
4. The swopping happens as follows: (i) Teachers from each school bring their books to the Education Centre on an assigned day and time. The Project Administrator matches classes in order to ensure, as far as possible, that children read books written by students at the same class level. The classes and teachers read the books. All participating teachers are involved in selecting books for ‘Gradam’ awards. The books are returned to the Education Centre on an agreed date. (ii) Books selected for ‘Gradam’ awards should be kept separate.
5. About a month is allowed for the ‘swop’ to take place to allow teachers adequate time to read the books and select award winners. All the award winning books are collected at the Education Centre. The covers are scanned in to make a presentation for the celebration day. A list of all the students & books is prepared. Invitations are sent out to the schools, inviting award winners to a celebration day. All participating teachers and the children’s parents are also invited.
6. Every child who takes part in Scríobh Leabhar receives a certificate in recognition of their efforts. Each school can also organise their own individual special event or ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the budding young authors.
7. Every child who takes part in Scríobh Leabhar receives a certificate in recognition of their efforts. Each school can also organise their own individual special event
The Scríobh Leabhar Project is offered in conjunction with Foras na Gaeilge. Scríobh Leabhar aims to awaken children’s interest in Irish language books by encouraging them to design and write their own books “as Gaeilge”. Students can write about any theme or topic which is relevant for the school or local environment. Once we receive all of the books we will arrange a swopping of books so that all children can read the books from another school of similar age group. While there are no overall winners chosen, one or two students per class are selected to receive a ‘Gradam’ Award. In May or June we will host our awards ceremony with special guests and ‘ceol agus craic den scoth!’