Cered: Menter Iaith Ceredigion aims to run coding courses through the medium of Welsh. This follows being awarded with a Cymraeg 2050 grant to promote the use of the Welsh language.
The Cymraeg 2050 Grant is a key element of the Welsh Government’s Welsh language strategy, Cymraeg 2050: A million Welsh speakers. It provides small grants of up to £20,000 each to fund innovative, short-term projects which aim to increase people’s daily use of the language and to promote technology which supports the use of Welsh.
Cered aims to pilot a Welsh-medium Coding Club project in South West Wales in partnership with Code Club Wales, part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Code Club is a worldwide network of volunteers and educators running Code Club Wales, with the aim of inspiring and stimulating the next generation of computer science and creating digital technology. Code Clubs are informal after-school clubs held in schools, libraries and community centres. The clubs offer a social learning environment for children, educators and volunteers to learn more about computing and digital creation.
Cered and Code Club will create Welsh-medium projects for coding clubs using 'Scratch' that already has a Welsh Interface option.
Lynsey Thomas, Cered Manager, said, "Cered is delighted to have been awarded this grant to develop an exciting project that works with partners to provide opportunities and increase accessibility for children and young people to learn about coding through the medium of Welsh. We see two key stages to the project, the first step is to create Welsh-medium material for coding clubs and the second phase is to train volunteers from South West Wales to create their own coding clubs.”
"We will be looking for volunteers in the New Year who are interested in developing skills and creating their own coding clubs, and we will provide a 'train the trainer’ course for these volunteers. The intention is to create a number of coding clubs in South West Wales by the end of the project that will meet the growing demand for similar clubs through the medium of Welsh.”
This project stimulates young people to use the Welsh language in a very different way. The project also offers continuing professional development opportunities for Welsh medium educators and volunteers to improve their digital skills and increase their confidence in setting up coding clubs in their communities.
To learn more about Cered, go to their website; www.cered.cymru.