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Sir Gâr wants all children in the county to leave school fluent in Welsh

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Cyngor Sir Gâr has that it wants every child in the local authority to have the opportunity to be "fluent in Welsh and English when they leave school", which it says will bring "huge benefits, from educational attainment to employability and health."

Sir Gâr is currently working on a draft version of its 'Welsh in Education Strategic Plan' which will lay out its plans to create a "bilingual and multilingual" county.

The Welsh Government has set a long-term goal of having one million Welsh speakers by 2050. All local authorities in the country must contribute to this vision by creating their own action plans for Welsh-medium education provision.

All public bodies in Cymru must also work towards achieving the seven goals in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015— one of which is a 'Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh language'.

The new 'Curriculum for Wales' also aims to create ambitious, capable learners ‘who can communicate effectively in different forms and settings, using both Welsh and English’.

The draft plan will be presented to the council’s Education and Children’s Scrutiny Committee on Thursday July 8 for discussion— with an extensive eight-week consultation and engagement exercise to be launched in the autumn to gather the views of all stakeholders.

The local authority's Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “We have the highest number of Welsh speakers here in Carmarthenshire and we are committed to increasing the opportunities for our children and young people to be taught through the medium of Welsh so that we can create strong and sustainable bilingual communities."



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