PLANNING THE REGENERATION OF THE WELSH LANGUAGE CONSULTATION DISCUSSION POINT 6: DEMOGRAPHY AND PLANNING

The latest discussion point of our consultation on Planning the Regeneration of the Welsh Language is the demography of language and planning to support its growth.

As before, we would be very grateful to receive your comments, suggestions and any practical experience you may have. You are welcome to use the questions and template below or send your comments in any other format that suits you.

Below is a summary of Dyfodol’s demands in relation to demography and planning. If you would like to read the full text of Planning the Regeneration of the Welsh Language, a copy is available on our website, dyfodol.net

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to our discussion. We look forward to hearing from you – do get in touch:

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or telephone 01248 811798

 DISCUSSION POINT 6: DEMOGRAPHY AND TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING

 Dyfodol believes that:

Demography is the relationship between people and territory. The term is used here to cover several aspects – economy, housing, land use, town and country planning etc. – in relation to the Welsh language. This section is concerned with areas where the Welsh language is the normal medium of communication, mainly located in the west but including many other areas too. This is a complex and challenging field.

The linking of the western areas together as a region, Arfor, has been proposed so as to address their economic weaknesses and the haemorrhaging of young (often Welsh-speaking) talent from the area – one of the main contributors to the decline of the language. The Welsh Government have embraced the concept. Our view is that this vision should be developed as a key component in the general strategy for developing Wales as a confident and successful nation. The intention would be for the Arfor region to offer diverse and exciting career opportunities and encouragement for innovation and enterprise, so that young people can create their own futures within this region, by staying, returning or moving into the area. Tied to this would be the intention of protecting and strengthening the Welsh-speaking community and communities.

Town and country planning and housing policy would reflect and empower the needs of the region and its communities rather than serving the interests of powerful commercial developers and the current drive towards damaging and insensitive over-provision.   

 DO YOU AGREE WITH US? HAVE YOU ANY FURTHER COMMENTS ON DEMOGRAPHY AND / OR PLANNING MATTERS?

 

PLANNING THE REGENERATION OF THE WELSH LANGUAGE CONSULTATION DISCUSSION POINT 1: DISSEMINATING UNDERSTANDING OF THE WELSH LANGUAGE

Over the coming months, Dyfodol i’r Iaith will be conducting a consultation on its new policy recommendation which can be found in the publication, Planning the Regeneration of the Welsh Language, which is available to read on our website. We would welcome your opinion on its main headings. Which we believe to be central to the growth of the Welsh language and which need the immediate attention of the Government and politicians.

We will be concentrating on different subjects over the coming weeks, starting with Language Awareness – how to encourage enthusiasm for the Welsh language and win new support for its use and growth. The full details can be found within Planning the Regeneration of the Welsh Language and below is a summary of our recommendations regarding disseminating understanding of the Welsh language and some related questions which need to be addressed.

Our aim is to present a series of robust recommendations to each of the political Parties as they prepare their manifestos for the Assembly elections in 2021.

These are uncertain times, but in such difficult periods, strong priorities become more of a necessity than ever before.

We very much hope that you will contribute to our discussion and will be most grateful to hear from you.

Do get in touch:

[email protected]

or telephone 01248 811798

 

DISCUSSION POINT 1: DISSEMINATING UNDERSTANDING OF THE WELSH LANGUAGE

 The Principle:

It is essential that the whole nation understands what creating a million welsh speakers means and that it supports the venture. This means that we must demonstrate the significance of the language to the nation, why its regeneration is so important and exciting, why it is advantageous to speak it , and how all of this can be achieved. It entails explaining how bilingualism actually works, giving the Welsh language prestige and raising the confidence of its speakers through its promotion and through marketing.

The first step is therefore to initiate a comprehensive programme of Language Awareness , which would promote the language to all at all levels.

 DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS? HAVE YOU ANY COMMENTS TO MAKE?

The Aim:

Ensure that everyone in Wales (Welsh speakers, non Welsh-speakers, learners of the language) receive positive, practical and proactive messages regarding the value and significance of the Welsh language. We would suggest a comprehensive Welsh Language Awareness Strategy.

  • Although the message would essentially be the same for everyone, we need to consider how to tailor the message to different people and what media would be best to convey the message.

DO YOU AGREE WITH OUR AIM AND THE NEED TO TARGET THE MESSAGE?

Matters for discussion:

We would appreciate your comments on the following recommendations. We would also be grateful if you could share any experiences you may have of raising Language Awareness.

  • We need a national programme for raising Language Awareness; a Government-led campaign targeting the media, social media and public spaces.
  • The message need to be shared with families (parents, parents-to-be, carers, grandparents) with an emphasis on the importance and advantages of speaking Welsh in the home and passing the language on to the next generation.
  • The public sector. Bodies who are required to conform to the language standards are asked to provide Language Awareness to their staff. We need to look at how to get the best out of this statutory requirement.
  • The private and voluntary sector. What resources and guidelines need to be developed to ensure that businesses and organisations (both large and small) are aware of their contribution to the regeneration of the language?
  • Young people. How can we encourage young people’s enthusiasm for the language? We believe that social media and leisure activities are of key importance.

WHAT OTHER GROUPS NEED TO BE CONSIDERED?

HAVE YOU ANY IDEAS OR EXPERIENCE OF RAISING LANGUAGE AWARENESS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?

HAVE YOU ANY FURTHER COMMENTS ON HOW BEST TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE WELSH LANGUAGE?