Free Welsh language lessons announced for 18-25-year-olds in Wales
Young people and education staff in Wales can now access free Welsh lessons as part of a Welsh Government initiative to increase the number of Welsh speakers.
18-25-year-olds may enrol on Welsh courses with the National Centre for Learning Welsh, and will not be asked to pay when registering.
“I’m pleased we are increasing the opportunities to learn our language and making it easier for more people to have the opportunity to learn Welsh and use it in their daily lives,” Minister for Education and the Welsh Language Jeremy Miles said.
“Growing the number of educators who can teach through the medium of Welsh is key to achieving our aim of a million Welsh speakers by 2050, and this makes it as easy as possible for them to have access to Welsh courses for free.
“Providing free lessons to 18-25s means that they can continue to develop and improve their Welsh ability and to use the language within their work and social lives.
“Cymraeg belongs to us all. I would encourage all teaching staff and young people who want to learn Welsh for the first time or who want to improve their Welsh to take this opportunity.”
The commitment is part of the Co-Operation Agreement with Plaid Cymru.
Cefin Campbell MS, Designated Member, said: “Everyone in Wales should have the opportunity to learn Welsh and experience the cultural and social benefits it brings.
“The rollout of free Welsh lessons for young people and those in the teaching profession is another step towards making it as easy as possible to learn and speak Welsh and to achieve the target for a million Welsh speakers and beyond.”
Free Welsh lessons are also available to all teachers, head teachers and teaching assistants.
Education staff can access a new online portal where they can find a suitable course including virtual lessons, face-to-face lessons and self-study courses.
16-18 year-olds at selected schools and further education colleges are taking part in a digital learning pilot project, run by the National Centre and SaySomethinginWelsh.
Other initiatives for 16-18 year olds include a short online course with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a Welsh confidence-building pilot in Powys with e-sgol.
Evidence and data collected as part of the pilot projects will inform a national scheme for 16-18-year-olds, from 2023.
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As I understand it, the problem is more how to prevent 12-18 year olds losing the Cymraeg they gained in early years – the money would perhaps be more profitably spent on this age group…
I’m not so sure. I know as a teenager I thought Welsh was a waste of time as a second language. It’s only as an adult I’ve come to realise its value and learnt it. This may well be the right age group, if not a little older (I started learning properly at 26)
Good progress being made to support the Welsh language due to the Co-operation agreement. Cefin Campbell and Siân Gwenllian as Designated members are clearly having an impact on the implementation of the agreed priorities. Very good to see mature politics in action with two parties working together to deliver in areas where they agree. Far better than the shouting and yelling at Westminster.