Welsh in Education Strategic Plan (WESP)
Welsh Language is a key element of the Council’s Equality agenda. The Council promotes and facilitates the use of the Welsh language by observing the following Guiding Principles:
- Individuals have the right to deal with us in Welsh
- Welsh must be positioned to be read first (to the left or above the English)
- Language rights for staff
- The quality of service and a positive attitude are important
- We must offer Welsh language services to give language choice
- The benefits of bilingual education will be promoted
Welsh Language Vision for Merthyr Tydfil
These Guiding Principles will support the Council in delivering the following Welsh language Vision for Merthyr Tydfil:
"A place which promotes the use of the Welsh language and treats the Welsh and English languages on the basis of equality.
This will be achieved by enabling and encouraging:
- The broad provision of Welsh language education throughout the County Borough
- The opportunities for people to use Welsh at work, at home and at play
- The perception of languages as life skills, which enriches the lives of those who use them
- People throughout the County Borough to feel pride in their language and confidence to use it
These are deliberately stretching ideals – they will not be achieved overnight, but over the long term, it is our vision to encourage a cultural change in the way that the two languages of Wales are perceived in this County Borough. We want to make a difference.”
The Council will observe these Guiding Principles and work towards achieving this Vision through our role as a community leader, service provider, commissioner and employer working in partnership through and with our stakeholders in the County Borough.
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is working through the Welsh medium forum and with other partners to stimulate growth in Welsh medium education as illustrated by the authority’s Welsh In Education Strategic Plan (WESP).