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Welsh government backs school singing scheme

13/07/2011 Kelly
Education minister Leighton Andrews has announced plans to invest £165,000 in a scheme to promote singing in Welsh schools.

The initiative was first launched in 2009 and has so far been rolled out across 500 schools.

Participating schools have seen an improvement in literacy and language skills, as well as an increase in the number of boys participating in musical activities.

"An important part of the educational experience for children and young people is gaining confidence. Through the CanSing programme we hope to motivate and involve children and the wider community with school life and enhance their experience," Mr Andrews commented.

He added that the £165,000 funding will enable the programme to continue and allow more children to enjoy the benefits it offers.

The initiative is aimed at children in Years five, six and seven and is delivered through the charity ContinYou Cymru, which works with local authorities.

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