Theatr Felinfach, Cered, and the Ceredigion Education Department have worked together to produce a booklet, ‘One Life – Two Languages’.
The aim of the booklet is to share the benefits of being bilingual and offering suggestions and ways of doing so. Launched at Penmorfa, Aberaeron, the booklet contains information about various organisations that provide services through the medium of Welsh as well as information on Welsh for Adults lessons, together with tips for a route to Welsh through the education service.
Having been presented the book by Barry Rees, Ceredigion County Council Corporate Director, Councillor Ellen ap Gwynn, Leader of Ceredigion County Council, and the Cabinet Member responsible for the Welsh language said, “I’m extremely pleased to welcome the ‘One Life – Two Languages’ booklet that has been produced as a resource for the residents of Ceredigion. The booklet supports the Welsh Government’s vision of creating a million welsh speakers by 2050 and reflects the new statutory requirements of the Council’s Welsh Language Standard.”
The Council is committed to supporting the Welsh language and culture, ensuring its services and activities promote the use of Welsh throughout the county, as Councillor ap Gwynn explains further, “The Welsh language is a natural element of everyday life in Ceredigion and is a reflection of its traditions and culture. The sustainability of the language is dependent on the process of improving the communities by providing sufficient educational, cultural and social opportunities to use Welsh as the everyday language. This booklet is an excellent tool in listing all the community groups and events that are available to everyone.”
The booklet has been distributed and available at Nurseries, Schools, Libraries, Council Offices, with Health Visitors and in many other public areas.
Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services said, “The education system is key to the future production of Welsh speakers, and therefore essential to the viability of the Welsh language in Ceredigion. The Council’s aim is to teach pupils to be fully bilingual before leaving school. This booklet sets out the positive elements of studying bilingually. It will be a valuable resource for parents and students alike to contemplate on these attributes and foster pride in being bilingual. Thanks are given to all who were involved with producing this valuable resource.”
The ‘One Life – Two Languages’ booklet can also be viewed and downloaded from the Council’s website: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/media/3669/llyfryn-byw-a-bod-booklet.pdf