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First Minister announces ‘Big Conversation’ on future of Welsh language

First Minister Carwyn Jones today announced plans to bring together civil society across Wales to discuss the future of the Welsh language.
Wednesday 06 February 2013

The First Minister held a meeting with Cymdeithas Yr Iaith in Cardiff Bay to discuss the challenges facing the language across Wales.  

Commenting after the meeting, Carwyn Jones, First Minister said:

"There are serious challenges facing the Welsh language in the years ahead.  There are major challenges for us as a Government but we cannot work alone.  

"The Welsh Government is proud of what we have delivered for the language by protecting its status through the legislation we now have in place.  But we also recognise - and the recent census results demonstrate - that big challenges remain.  Among the aims must be to make Welsh a 'living' language, especially among young people outside the school gates.

"My meeting with Cymdeithas Yr Iaith today was constructive and I was pleased to hear their views on priorities. There is much common ground, which I hope we can build upon for the future.

"During the course of the meeting, I shared with Cymdeithas Yr Iaith our plans to develop a process called, 'Y Gynhadledd Fawr' - 'A Big Conversation'.  No one has a monopoly on how best to tackle the issues facing the language.  The aim is to develop a conversation among all parts of Welsh society about how best to move forward.

"Through 'Y Gynhadledd Fawr', I want to see action that will ensure that everyone has the chance to have their say. I believe most people in Wales want our language to grow and strengthen in the years ahead and that's why it's crucial that everyone now plays their part."

 

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