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First Minister kick-starts a national conversation on the future of the Welsh language

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, today kick-started a national conversation on the future of the Welsh language, by meeting with the Urdd’s National Youth Forum at the Urdd Eisteddfod.
Friday 31 May 2013

Iaith Fyw: Y Gynhadledd Fawr, invites people of all ages, whatever their background or their ability in Welsh, to join in a nation-wide conversation on the language and how its use can be promoted and supported in future.

Throughout June there will be an opportunity for people across Wales to join the conversation through community groups, such as the one taking place with the Youth Forum today, through an online forum on the Welsh Government’s website and at a one-day national conference, Y Gynhadledd Fawr, to be held in Aberystwyth on the 4th July.

The views, opinions, ideas and examples of best practice shared in these events will be used to inform the Welsh Government’s vision for the future of the language and to further develop the policies that will see the language thrive.

The First Minister said,

“This is an exciting opportunity for all those with an interest in the Welsh language to contribute to a national conversation on the future of our language.

“We all understand the fragile situation of the language, as highlighted by the results of last year’s Census, and many of you have expressed concern and appealed for more to be done. This is your chance to act and take part in a conversation that will make a difference.

“We want to know how people with all abilities of Welsh currently use the language - and what issues they face when trying to use the language for everyday activities. We also want to understand why some people either don’t want to use Welsh, or don’t feel confident in using it. Most importantly, we want to find out what people think could be done to increase the opportunities to use Welsh in their everyday lives.”

Discussions will centre on how to deliver the six themes identified in the Welsh Government’s Welsh Language Strategy, A Living Language: a language for living, which are: the family, young people, communities, the workplace, Welsh language services and technology.

Y Gynhadledd Fawr will also look at the role of the Welsh Government - and engage Ministers and officials on what steps the Welsh Government could take to help increase the use of the Welsh language.

Information gathered through the Iaith Fyw: Y Gynhadledd Fawr events will be used to prepare and publish a post-conference report which will also be submitted to the Welsh Language Partnership Council which advises the Welsh Ministers on their Welsh language strategy.

The First Minister added,

“The Welsh language is unique - and it is ours. People throughout Wales take great pride in it, regardless of their ability to speak the language, and we must do all we can to protect this important part of our cultural identity.

“I hope that people will take this opportunity to feed into this very important conversation. We all have a role to play in ensuring that the language thrives.”

 

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