Dyfodol i’r Iaith has welcomed the recent announcements made by the Welsh Government that over two and a half million pounds are to be spent on promoting the Welsh language within families, and that a further two million will go towards developing the economy of north and west Wales, the main strongholds of the language.
The organisation believes that both schemes address priorities that are essential to the future of the language.
Encouraging Welsh-speaking households is a challenge that must be addressed; indeed, Dyfodol argue that this is the main priority, since establishing Welsh as the family’s medium sets a linguistic pattern for children for the rest of their lives.
At the same time, the wider context must be considered, and the importance of a sound economy has to be acknowledged as a key factor in protecting the language as a natural medium within the community. This is essential if we are to avoid the outmigration of young people and create a social and cultural environment which favours and encourages the Welsh language.
The organisation has written to the Welsh Language Minister, looking forward to “seeing the Welsh Government developing these two essential areas as part of their long-term policy in relation to the Welsh language.”