Over the next month, a whistle stop tour of secondary schools across Wales will take place to raise the profile of Welsh as an academic subject among year 10 and 11 pupils.
Renowned poets Rhys Iorwerth and Aneirin Karadog are part of the’Y Gymraeg ar Daith’ ('Welsh on Tour') project, which is led by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol in collaboration with the Welsh departments of universities in Wales.
The project will be launched on Tuesday 24 October 2017 at Ysgol Gyfun Bro Edern, Cardiff at 9am.
The project was devised to address the challenges facing the arts and humanities subjects, including the Welsh language, as an A level academic subject. The content of the project workshops is based on a consultation with WJEC and a group of Welsh teachers from schools across Wales.
The aim of the workshop, which will visit 30 secondary schools and involve almost 2,000 pupils, is to bring the GCSE syllabus to life and to ignite the interest and enthusiasm of pupils in Welsh as a subject beyond the GCSE qualification.
Two sessions will be held - a revision session with one of the poets whose work is on the WJEC GCSE syllabys, and a more general session that encourages pupils to consider the benefits of continuing to study Welsh as a subject.
Dr Cathryn Charnell-White, Chair of the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol's Welsh Language and Literature Panel said: "Following the ambitious Government targets to reach a million Welsh speakers, together with the growing demand for graduates who can work confidently and professionally in Welsh, it is timely that we, the Welsh departments of the universities, work together to promote Welsh as a subject. Working together on a national plan, we can support the efforts of teachers and schools to achieve greater turnover between GCSE and A level - and start working towards the million Welsh speakers in the process! "
Alun Davies AM, Minister Lifelong Learning Welsh Language said: "The education system, and specific plans within the system have a key contribution to make in order to realize the goal of a million Welsh speakers by 2050, so I'm very proud to see this project being launched. "