Wyn Thomas on behalf of Dyfodol i’r Iaith has responded to Carmarthenshire’s Welsh in Education Plan. The main points of our response can be summarised as follows:
Dyfodol i’r Iaith welcomes a coordinated and detailed Strategy which attempts to tackle all aspects of the development of the Welsh language within the county’s education system.
Targets need to be reached through thorough support and monitoring.
The English -medium system which fails to deliver the best education for pupils in Carmarthenshire needs to be targeted in particular.
Above all, the advantages of the Welsh language need to be marketed. There are moral and cultural reasons to learn our indigenous language. But, by now, there is a significant amount of robust educational research which proves that bilingual pupils worldwide develop important skills to levels that are beyond monoglot pupils. Why therefore persist with schools and streams that do not offer these advantages?
Dyfodol i’r Iaith supports the Strategy and hopes that the process of providing the best education for the county’s pupils continues and gains momentum in the near future.