Powys County Council launches Welsh Language Charter for Welsh-medium schools
|11th September 2017|
Powys County Council has launched a Welsh Language Charter for Welsh-medium primary schools and streams in the county.
The aim of the Welsh Language Charter is to give pupils more opportunities to use the language socially, to increase their use of the language outside the classroom.
The Charter will encourage and recognise those schools who succeed in creating a positive attitude towards the language and increase the use of Welsh by pupils. Schools will work towards bronze, silver and gold awards, which they will achieve depending on the opportunities they provide for pupils to use Welsh in formal and informal situations.
At the launch, information was shared about Welsh language opportunities provided by organisations such as Menter Maldwyn / Menter Brycheiniog a Maesyfed, the Urdd and Mudiad Meithrin.
Speaking at the launch at Ysgol Dafydd Llwyd in Newtown, Cllr Myfanwy Alexander, Cabinet Member for Education and the Welsh Language said: "The Welsh Government recently launched their Cymraeg 2050 strategy, which sets out their aim to achieve 1 million Welsh speakers by the year 2050. In order to contribute to achieving this, we want Welsh-medium pupils to understand that the Welsh language is very much alive and relevant to their daily lives, as well as being the language of their education.
"Pupil in Powys come from a variety of linguistic backgrounds. For the Welsh language to thrive and grow, we need to ensure that all pupils have a range of opportunities to use the language in many different social contexts. The introduction of the Welsh Language Charter will help us to achieve this."
The launch of the Welsh Language Charter for Welsh-medium primary schools and streams in the county follows the introduction of 'Cymraeg Campus', a similar scheme for schools where Welsh is taught as a second language, in 2016.