A CALL TO INCREASE SPENDING ON TEACHING THE WELSH LANGUAFE IN THE COMMUNITY

Ruth Richards, Chief Executive of Dyfodol i’r Iaith said:

“As an organisation, we are concerned about comments made in the Senedd on 28 January by Eluned Morgan, The Welsh Language and International Relations Minister..

“Eluned Morgan seem to question the value of learning the Welsh language within the community. We need to celebrate that 12,680 learners are doing just that all over Wales under the guidance of professional tutors.

“We need to strengthen the provision of learning the language within the community, and it would be good to see the Government following the example of the Basque Country and investing in this this key area.

“In the long-term, spending on the teaching of Welsh in the community and the workplace need to increase threefold, but for the time being, we would press the Government to protect and increase the spending in real terms.”

Eluned Morgan said in the Senedd, 28 January 2020:

“I wanted to look closely at teaching Welsh to adults – they receive £13 million and they teach about 12,000 people. I just want to look at this, and it takes up a lot of the budget; I want to ensure that this money is spent correctly.”

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