On Friday 6 December 2019, Welsh Language
Commissioner, Aled Roberts, will launch a new national day in the Welsh
calendar, the Welsh Language Rights Day. This is a day to celebrate Welsh
language services and the rights that people have to use the language.
Various public organisations across the
country will take part in the campaign to promote their Welsh language
This is the first year for the campaign to
be held; and the launch will take place at Brynaman Primary School to coincide
with a new resource the Commissioner has developed for primary schools to teach
children about their rights to use Welsh.
The educational resource includes a video
and a lesson plan; and two former Brynaman Primary School pupils, Cai Efan
Thomas and Briallen Rees-Owen, star in the video. The video follows the two
around their community as they point out the different opportunities to use the
Welsh language and the Iaith Gwaith badge. The aim of the educational pack is
for pupils across Wales to recognise the opportunities to use the Welsh
language where they live.
Welsh Language Commissioner, Aled Roberts,
said: "Public organisations in Wales have been implementing Welsh language
standards for three years, and these create rights for people to receive
services in Welsh when dealing with them. Although people were aware that they
had rights, when I asked them about these opportunities, they often didn't know
exactly what those rights were or with whom they could exercise them. So, the
aim of this day is to raise awareness of Welsh language services and to seek to
increase their use.
"It is also important that, given the
government's target to reach a million Welsh speakers by 2050, children are
aware of their rights as Welsh speakers. The educational pack will teach
children from a young age about their language rights, so that Welsh will
become the default language when accessing services when they get older.
"The Welsh Language Rights Day is a
day to promote the fact that, wherever you live in Wales, you have rights to
use the language."
There are 122 public organisations in
Wales operating Welsh language standards. Organisations will take part in the
day by sharing messages about the rights on social media and in the press;
using the campaign brand.
The 6th of December was chosen
to coincide with the date when the Welsh Language Measure was passed by the
Assembly in 2010. The Welsh Language Measure created the principle of language
rights in Wales.
Click here to see the video aimed at school children.