WALES’ PUPILS SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED TO STUDY IN WALES’ UNIVERSITIES

Dyfodol i’r Iaith has called for the Welsh Government to take specific steps to encourage Wales’ pupils to study in Welsh Universities, rather than encouraging them to study in England.

Following the publishing of figures that suggest that fewer students now study through the medium of Welsh, Dyfodol i’r Iaith wants to see the Government giving financial support only to students studying in Wales, if the University courses are available in the country.

Dyfodol i’r Iaith also wants to see the Seren Network, which targets talented pupils in Wales, concentrating on encouraging students to study in Wales.

Heini Gruffudd, Chair of Dyfodol i’r Iaith, said, “The Government has an ambitious target for increasing the number of Welsh speakers, but some of its policies are dismantling this target.  We have been throwing money at universities in England by sending our students there, and that means that none of these students will study through the medium of Welsh.

Mr Gruffudd added, “Recently the Seren Network has been targeted talented pupils in an attempt to get them to study in the Russell Group of Universities, of which only Cardiff is in Wales.  This is an insult to other Welsh Universities, and the Policy will lead to a decrease in the number of students studying through the medium of Welsh.”

“Wales, as far as I know, is the only country in the world which wants to see most of its students study in another country for their first degree.”

DYFODOL CONGRATULATE ISLE OF ANGLESEY COUNTY COUNCIL

Dyfodol i’r Iaith has written to Isle of Anglesey County Council to congratulate the Council on it’s decision to adopt the Welsh language as it’s language of administration. Encouraging Welsh speaking workforces has been one of the the policy priorities for Dyfodol i’r Iaith.

Heini Gruffudd, Chair of  Dyfodol i’r Iaith, said: “Adopting the Welsh language as the natural language of the workplace is an essential step in ensuring a prosperous future for the language. We are praising the County for this progressive action .

“With Gwynedd having already adopted this policy, we look forward to seeing Welsh becoming the main language of administration for the counties of the west, from Anglesey to Carmarthen. This will transform the prospects of the Welsh language in these counties.”

“We are confident that the Government will be willing to invest extensively in the language training demands that will underpin the success of this change.”

DYFODOL I’R IAITH SUPPORT WELSH GOVERNMENT TO ESTABLISH WELSH LANGUAGE COMMISSION

Public Meeting Lampeter 17.11.17

Dyfodol i’r Iaith have welcomed the Welsh Government’s intention to establish a Welsh Language Commission to plan and implement public policies in support of the Language. A powerful independent body with wide responsibilities in the filed of Language Planning could set the stage for the implementation of a comprehensive strategy to revitalise the Welsh as a national language.

Heini Gruffudd, Dyfodol’s chair said, “It was Dyfodol that launched the idea of establishing an independent body to promote Welsh in our manifesto, Creating a Future for the Welsh Language, published in 2015. We lobbied the political parties in the run-up to the 2016 election and submitted a special document, A Welsh Language Agency, to the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru (who had established a Compact with the Labour Government) in November 2016. We are delighted that the Welsh Government now intend to legislate to establish this new Commission.

“Although we disgaree with certain aspectsof the White Paper which the minister, Alun Davies, published at the Ynys Môn Eisteddfod, the Government have accepted the main thrust of our recommendations. It is vitally important that supporters of the language pull together to make a success of the new arrangements. As the Bill proceeds through the National Assembly we need to exert pressure so as to ensure that that the White Paper’s intentions are not watered down and that certain weaknesses be corrected.”

Cynog Dafis said, “The Government will have to show that Welsh speakers’ rights are not weakened because the existing Commissioner’s role is being included within the new Commission. But the establishment of the Commission is a golden opportunity to develop exciting progarmmes for the encouragement and promotion of Welsh within the family and the community as well as in the world of work and of course through radically expanding Welsh-medium education.

“However, good intentions are not enough. If the Government’s aim to create a million Welsh speakers by 2050 is to be taken seriously, substantial financial resources will have to be provided and well-qualified, committed people must be placed in the key posts.

” We are encouraged by the fact that the Welsh Government is acquainted with the situation in the Basque Country and Catalonia where comprehensive policies to revitalise their indigenous languages have been successfully implemented.”

These issues will be discussed further in a public meeting to be held in Lampeter at Brondeifi Chapel Vestry at 7pm this evening and a warm welcome to all.

Ben Lake MP, who chairs this evening’s Lampeter meeting, said, “I’m pleased to chair this meeting in my hometown and to hear about Dyfodol’s important work in influencing Welsh Government policies”.