17 Jul 2017
A vision to grow the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050 was unveiled by the Welsh Government on 11 July.
Cymraeg 2050 - a million Welsh speakers sets an ambitious
direction for the language and acknowledges the need for systematic
planning if this vision is to be realised.
The strategy sets two overarching targets:
- The number of Welsh speakers to reach 1 million by 2050;
- The percentage of the population that speak Welsh daily, and
can speak more than just a few words of Welsh to increase from 10
per cent to 20 per cent by 2050.
To achieve these targets, Welsh Government will be looking to
drive the following transformational changes across three
Theme 1 - Increasing the number of Welsh
- Expand Welsh-medium early years provision by 150 nursery groups
over the next decade to facilitate a seamless transition into
- Increase the proportion of each school year group receiving
Welsh-medium education from 22% (based on 7,700 7 year old learners
in 2015/16) to 30% (about 10,500 in each year group) by 2031, and
then 40% (about 14,000 in each year group) by 2050.
- Transform the teaching of Welsh to all learners in order that
at least 70% of those learners report by 2050 that they can
speak Welsh by the time they leave school.
- Increase the number of primary teachers who can teach in Welsh
from 2,900 to 3,900 by 2031 and 5,200 by 2050; increase the number
of secondary teachers who can teach Welsh from 500 to 900 by 2031
and 1,200 by 2050; and increase the number of secondary teachers
who can teach through the medium of Welsh from 1,800 to 3,200 by
2031 and 4,200 by 2050.
- Reform post-16 Welsh-medium education and skills offer to
ensure that young people have the opportunity to continue
developing bilingual skills to support a prosperous economy.
Theme 2 - Increasing the use of Welsh
- Review the legislation which underpins the Welsh language to
ensure it offers a strong foundation for promoting and facilitating
the use of Welsh.
- Ensure that Welsh Government leads by example by promoting and
facilitating increased use of Welsh by our own workforce.
Theme 3 - Creating favourable conditions
- Develop a new regional focus to economic development to help
all parts of Wales to benefit from prosperity and support each area
to develop its own distinctive identity.
- Transform the Welsh language digital landscape with particular
focus on language technologies.
- Develop a national programme to increase understanding of
These themes are interdependent, as are many of the aims
identified under each theme. Work programmes will be
published at regular intervals during the lifetime of the Strategy.
first of these for the period 2017-21 will outline our detailed
key priorities for the initial phase of the new Strategy.
To find out more about the Strategy visit www.gov.wales