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:: Stormont Education Minister John O'Dowd yesterday announced £112,000 in funding for a bagpipe and highland dance tuition pilot project in schools in Derry and Strabane, when more than 300 pupils will benefit from opportunities to learn. The 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. The Minister said: “This project will contribute to the cultural life of the schools taking part and provide children with an introduction to music and dance as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle. Pupils from all ages will have the opportunity to learn the bagpipes."
:: The RSPBANI School, which continues to provide up-to-date courses in music theory and practical piping and drumming for beginners and current players who wish to develop their skills further, opens this morning for registration at Edenderry PS in Banbridge, Cookstown PS, Erne Integrated College (Enniskillen) and Lisneal College (Derry) from 9.30am. Registration can also be completed online at rspbani.org. The first teaching day of term is noext Saturday at each Centre.