A scheme aimed at encouraging school children to make more use of the Welsh language has been introduced in Denbighshire.
The Language Charter (”Siarter Iaith Gymraeg”) aims to promote more social use of Cymraeg in and out of class. Launched as a pilot in Gwynedd, the charter has been rolled out to the rest of North Wales after receiving a Welsh Government grant of £220,000 last year.
Over 30 Welsh medium schools from across the county, including the bilingual Ysgol Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, took part in the Denbighshire launch of the project in Ruthin on Monday. Staff, governors and parents are also being encouraged to take part.
Denbighshire County Council’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Eryl Williams, said both the local authority and every school involved had developed action plans around the charter: ”The aim…is to increase the use of Welsh in schools and encourage children to have more responsibility over the development of the language in their day to day education, as well as in the wider community.”
Headteacher of Ysgol Twm o’r Nant in Denbigh, Nerys Davies, added: ”We have seen the success of the charter in Gwynedd and are eager to see the charter being adopted fully in Denbighshire. Our children have already completed a questionnaire on a wide range of issues relating to the Welsh language and the intention is to repeat the questionnaire in the coming months, to see what kind of impact the charter is having in Denbighshire”.
The project’s managers are working in conjunction with Menter Iaith Sir Ddinbych and Urdd Gobaith Cymru. Among the ideas shared by Gwynedd schools include the use of apps and flash cards, themed ‘Welsh is Cool’ weeks, playground games and school radio stations.
”Siarter Iaith Gymraeg” is already in place on Anglesey and will also be introduced to schools in Conwy county, Flintshire and Wrexham.