Presentation of the Welsh Language Charter
ERW have recently employed Rhodri Siôn as Welsh Language Charter Coordinator.
The Welsh Government wants to increase the number of Welsh speakers to a million by 2050. In order to achieve this goal it is important to ensure that children of all ages have opportunities to use the language in a variety of social contexts.
The simple objective of the Language Charter is to increase children's social use of the Welsh language.
The Welsh Government is responsible for leading the Charter, and in their own words, the aim is 'in short, to inspire our children and young people to use their Welsh in every aspect of their lives'.
Over the next three years, every Welsh language school in ERW will have an opportunity to achieve a bronze, silver and gold award. This depends on the amount of Welsh language they speak on a day-to-day basis - in various situations at school and in the community.
The Language Charter is an opportunity for everyone in the school community to play their part in promoting the use of the Welsh language - the school council, the pupils, the workforce, parents, governors and the wider community in order to ensure full ownership of the language.
Rhodri Siôn said “As we launch the Language Charter in ERW Welsh language primary schools we would like to thank and acknowledge the vision and innovative work of Gwynedd Council in establishing and developing the Language Charter. At present a Language Charter is in operation in a large number of our counties and schools, and the intention is to deliver it to every school and county within the next academic year. In our Welsh language schools every teacher and leader should try to make the most of every opportunity to appreciate and promote Welsh culture and increase the use of the Welsh language in formal and informal situations. It is a privilege to formally present the charter to you and its objective of inspiring our children and young people to use their Welsh in all aspects of their lives is both important and critical. I trust that the colours of bronze, silver and gold in this charter will be a means of contributing to the future of our language. Therefore I ask everyone to think about the language NOT as a subject but as a central language where pupils will speak Welsh and gain pride in their Welshness, their heritage and their culture.”