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£1m announced for new projects to promote use of Welsh language

19 Jan 2022 2 minutes Read
Bathodyn Cymraeg

The Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Jeremy Miles, has announced over £1 million for projects to encourage more widespread use of Welsh.

As part of the funding, £600,000 will be provided to the National Eisteddfod towards hosting the 2022 event in Tregaron.

The funding will support the organisation’s preparations for this year’s event, due to take place between 30th July and 6th August, and help achieve its aims of opening the Eisteddfod to a wider audience.

Funding will also be provided to the National Centre for Learning Welsh, for projects which include creating on-line taster courses for refugees and asylum seekers to learn Welsh, without needing to be fluent in English.

The Centre, in partnership with Say Something in Welsh, will also create courses provided in the most commonly-spoken languages among refugees and asylum seekers in Wales.

The funding will also be used to provide tutor support for a self-study entry-level course for teachers. There have been 2,700 enrolments on the taster course for teachers since its launch in February 2020. The new course, suitable for both primary and secondary teachers, aims to provide a pathway for teaching professionals into more advanced and intensive courses.

Cash will also be provided to Rhieni dros Addysg Gymraeg to develop information about Welsh-medium education in minority languages.

The aim is to support families whose children attend Welsh-medium education, but neither Welsh nor English are the main languages spoken at home, as well as promoting Welsh medium education among minority ethnic communities.

There will be changes to our Helo Blod service, which supports businesses to use more Welsh. Helo Blod will continue to operate its ‘one stop shop’ in Business Wales, while Helo Blod Lleol will come to an end.

‘Easier to access’ 

Jeremy Miles said: “Today’s announcement is about making our language and culture easier to access than ever. We’re investing in opportunities for more people to learn, use and teach Welsh, wherever they are in Wales and whatever their background.

“Welsh belongs to us all, whether we speak it or not. We’re delighted to work with our partners on such wide-ranging projects, which all support our aim of reaching a million Welsh speakers and doubling the daily use of our language by 2050.”


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Grayham Jones
4 months ago

Welsh is the first language in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
4 months ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

Gwir iawn

Dafydd B
Dafydd B
4 months ago

Da iawn Jeremy

Richy
Richy
4 months ago

One million is really not that much money when you consider the UK Government is now £2.4 Trillion in debt. Individual houses are being being sold in Surrey/London for £50 million, and footballers are being paid a million pounds a week. One million being spent on the whole of the Welsh language is a drop in the ocean and money well spent, should be more. Nobody is ramming it down your throat, if you dont want to use it or learn it then your free not to. Take your faux outrage elsewhere.

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
4 months ago
Reply to  Richy

Well said

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
4 months ago

Look at the answer above the NHS gets more than 50% of the Welsh government budget

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thomas

Well another million might save a couple more children’s lives

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

That could be argued over any government spending defence roads etc this is not a lot of money

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thomas

I rest my case, point proven

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

No. Your ‘case’ is actually nothing more than you expressing hatred for the Welsh language.

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Clearly you are wrong and jumping to the easiest of conclusions, which like I say proves my one particular point concerning yourself. In fact I was born in Brecon and have lived all my life in Wales and speak a little of school boy Welsh. What I am however is a little more switched on than you are with the countries finances. Comparing financial expenditure such as roads etc to that of the luxury of a welsh language where more than 95% can speak english is a non starter. Of course yes I could have made up the bit about… Read more »

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

I’m afraid you’re coming across as rather bitter if you want to complain about wasting money just look at Westminster 1m pounds is not a large amount for the government to spend it’s hardly going to bankrupt the country £100 billion for HS2?

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thomas

It’s ok then to carry on getting it wrong. I know let’s waste a million here and a million there because everybody else is doing it. I spoke to the parents of a 9 year old who could not get £500,000 pounds funding from the the welsh assembly for life saving drug treatment. Give them a call and tell dont worry at least we can waste a million on the welsh language that should cheer you up. Pathetic.

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Andrew Thomas

You got one thing correct, yes I am bitter and quite rightly so

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Easy cancel Trident and HS2 £200 billion saved

Andre Macko
Andre Macko
4 months ago

Linguistic genocide can quickly destroy a culture and subsequently a people. Every effort must be made to preserve indigenous languages. In fact go one step further and impose fines on elements looking to destroy the use of the Welsh language.

Rhys
Rhys
4 months ago

Excellent initiatives but from my personal perspective the problem is not only “learning” the language but to be bold enough to use it in our daily lifes. I am boiling inside to speak in Welsh in the shop or to the bus driver… Sadly we just don’t do it. 🙁

Gill Jones
Gill Jones
4 months ago
Reply to  Rhys

Dechreuwch pob sgwrs yn y Gymraeg. Doing so is what gives people confidence to reply in Welsh, even if they only know a few words or phrases. A case of use it or lose it.
Da iawn Llywodraeth Cymru am pob busoddiad i gadw ein hiaith.

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Rhys

You … A Welsh speaker … Wants to sack someone because they allocate money to the Welsh language. How proud your ancestors must be.

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Paul

Here we go again the default response of a nationalist with no real valid answer. I know, I will be called a troll next. Save your typing

Richy
Richy
4 months ago
Reply to  Rhys

In that case let’s close every museum in Wales, sell all Welsh art, close down all cinemas and theatres, stop producing Welsh tv and film, abolish the Eisteddfod, ban choirs. After all, this all culture and the money would be better off spent on homelessness. See how silly your argument is now.

Paul
Paul
4 months ago
Reply to  Richy

Not silly at all. Elton John dies not get a subsidy to perform. People want to go and see him. Not me by the way. If the welsh medium within arts etc is popular enough it can bloody well find itself

Stephen Owen
Stephen Owen
4 months ago

Very good, but £1 million is not much

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

I think money should be allocated to prosecuting the language haters that seem desperate to ethnically cleanse Wales. They appear to have no issue with ‘ramming down our throats’ their desire for a completely anglicised Wales.

Paul
Paul
4 months ago

You don’t really want a ‘choice’. What you want is the total anglicisation of Wales. You just wrap that up in some pathetic argument about ‘saving the world’. The language haters never stop. They drip hatred ….

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