On the eve of our annual conference, Gŵyliaith, which will be held on Thursday, May 16 at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, the Welsh Language Commissioner, Aled Roberts, has said the post-16 education sector is vitally important if we are to reach the target of a million Welsh speakers.

The Welsh Language Commissioner, Aled Roberts will be opening the conference on Thursday and we are looking forward to welcoming him to Gŵyliaith.

Aled Roberts stated :

“Whilst discussing the way forward in reaching the target of a million Welsh speakers, naturally a lot of those discussions will concentrate on the need to increase the provision of Welsh medium education. Looking at the education sector, it’s imperative to keep in mind that the journey does not finish at school, and that we must ensure progression into the post-16 sector.”

“One of the challenges that we face is ensuring that young people who have received Welsh medium education carry on with Welsh education whilst moving on into Further Education and Training programmes in the post-16 sector.

“This is the sector that bridges school and the workplace, and creates the context for the language as a skill in the world of work, which leads to an increase in the use of the language in general. It is therefore vitally important that we come together to plan the way forward for the sector. This conference will be an opportunity for us to create strategic partnerships so we can learn from expertise, good practice, and recognise the opportunities and challenges that will, at the end of the day, lead to answers.”

Gŵyliaith : May 16, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.