OF WALES & THE WELSH
Greg Lance – Watkins
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the only other monuments and museums to dieing languages I am aware of are:
The monument of 1893 to Hollandse Taal (The Dutch Language) in Bergersdorp, which died as a language shortly after in South Africa and was surplanted by Afrikaans.
Afrikaans was made compulsory as a subject in schools and Afrikaans medium schools burgeoned to try to generate interest, with generous funding, which education in South Africa could ill afford, it was particularly energeticly forced on the coloured & black population.
The Government squandered public money on a monument for Die Afrikaanse Taalmonument (The Afrikaans Language Monument) in Paarl in 1975. A year later the 1976 the SoWeTo (The South West Townships of Johannesburg) Riots commenced led by students in revolt at compulsory use of Afrikaans in schools. The protests spread across South Africa and despite brutal repression by Government Forces they led to the fall of the Aparteid State and free and fair votes which lead to Black government and the demise of Afrikaans.
One is forced to wonder if Wales is deliberately following the South African model creating their own apartheid Region to create jobs for inadequates, without having the intelligence or perspicacity to consider the outcome of such introspection – despite the very vivid example South Africa has supplied!
It is sad that Welsh as a language has opted for compulsion, abuse and hatred to try to force the minority language on the majority, when clearly it will fail, whereas if there were some role models who spoke and used the Welsh Language who were of some stature on the world stage and even failing that in the Welsh Region, people MIGHT see some benefit in learning to speak the language well rather than as a kitchen conversational language in some restricted areas.
An inclusive and enthusiastic approach MIGHT help the language survive, though doubtfull – consider the decline and obvious impending demise of Irish or Gaelic as languages – compulsion, division and bullying in an apartheid manner will guarantee its demise outside of a tiny body of academics.
£1.5m Welsh language centre to open in St Asaph next year
A £1.5 MILLION Welsh language centre is set to open in Denbighshire in 2020.
In an update on the project members of the county council’s Welsh language steering committee about the plans to open the government funded project.
Based at the old science block in St Asaph’s Ysgol Glan Clwyd it will provide a centre for the promotion of Welsh to residents of all ages.
The centre will provide support to English medium schools to improve their offering in Welsh as well as adult classes and crèche facilities for the area.
Ysgol Glan Clwyd could also use the facilities if there is an increase in capacity at the school.
It follows a successful funding application submitted by Denbighshire County Council to the Welsh Government, which described it as the best application it had received from anywhere in Wales for one of the new centres.
The council’s Welsh language champion and the cabinet member for education, Cllr Huw Hilditch-Roberts, said: “This is a huge statement and investment in the Welsh language in Denbighshire. And this shows a commitment over and beyond any authority because we have been told this was the best application in Wales.”
Cllr Hilditch-Rberts argued that the centre was a long term commitment to promoting the language in the county.
He said: “I don’t think we’ll see the benefits of this straight away. It won’t be a quick change overnight. It will be an investment in the roots of the language in Denbighshire that will flourish in years to come and hopefully that will send those generations in the right direction and we will become a more bilingual county as we progress.
“It’s not about making Welsh schools better, it’s about making English medium schools able to converse in our language.
“This is a win win for us in Denbighshire because it enhances what we’ve already got. And not only in terms of the schools but it adds early years and there will be an extra intake. It will enhance adults in their learning, it will be there for Welsh meetings in the area.
“There are all sorts of things that are possible thanks to this initiative.”
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in the interest of accuracy material in the main text in blue was written by someone other than myself.
When in black text the wording ‘Welsh Language’ means the ‘Language of the peoples of Wales’ and is therefore the majority language ie ‘English’
The ancient language of parts of Wales, varied as it is, as spoken by a tiny minority in Wales is called ‘Welsh’ or ‘the ancient Welsh language’
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