Nearly a year on since announcing the Welsh language target of one million speakers by 2050, the Welsh Government has published its language strategy to achieve its ambitious goal.
Agored Cymru is proud to be Welsh and continues to respond positively to the education and training needs in Wales and to championing the Welsh language agenda. We are a proactive awarding body and, unlike any other, we focus entirely on designing, developing and delivering qualifications in Wales, for Wales.
We offer all of our products, services and qualifications in Welsh and have invested in the development of our suite of Welsh language qualifications Cymraeg i Bawb which includes areas such as Welsh for the Workplace, Welsh for the Family, Welsh for Nurseries for Early Year Practitioners. Our bilingual staff team are committed to providing a comprehensive service from initial design of provision right through to final quality assurance that allows learners to be assessed in their preferred language.
Dr John Graystone, Execuitive Chair of Agored Cymru said: “We are pleased to be in a position to support and play an active role in meeting the the Welsh Government's target to get one million Welsh speakers by 2050. Education has a huge role to play in achieving this goal and we welcome the plans to increase Welsh medium education as set out in today's strategy.
“We work collaboratively with bilingual champions and specialists in a variety of organisations across all sectors including the Welsh Language Commissioner, Yr Urdd, ColegauCymru, Sgiliaith, and NTfW, to share expertise and resources to support best practice in bilingual assessment and curriculum development. The Welsh language is a vital skill for employability which needs to be recognised and should be reflected in the Welsh Government’s proposed economic strategy.
“There will be 150 more Welsh-medium nursery groups created over the next decade, and we have the qualifications and Welsh language expertise available to support this demand. Normalising the Welsh language is the way forward and we are ready to play our part.”