A million Welsh speakers: Launching a Memorandum of Understanding between S4C and the Welsh Government

6 February 2023

S4C and the Welsh Government's Cymraeg 2050 department are proud to announce a Memorandum of Understanding, working towards the goal of having one million Welsh speakers and doubling use of the language by the year 2050.

As part of its contribution towards the million-speaker goal, S4C has already created a new role responsible for cross-platform content to support Welsh language learning. S4C aims to develop its service for new speakers to support those who are learning Welsh and to make this content accessible to everyone and reach new audiences, giving people more opportunities to hear the language.

A new series, Stori'r Iaith, will look at four different presenters' experiences of and relationships with the Welsh language, that reflects S4C's commitment to creating exciting content to attract more viewers and encourage people to speak Welsh.

This is also part of S4C's wider strategy to support the goal of one million Welsh speakers by 2050.

Sara Peacock, S4C's Welsh Language Strategy Lead, said:

"All of us at S4C are passionate about the Welsh language and are keen to play our part in supporting and promoting it. This Memorandum enables a specific focus on the language, which is also reflected in the new Welsh Language Strategy that we are currently working on.

By working closely with the Cymraeg 2050 team in the Welsh Government, and all of our partners in organizations across Wales, we hope to contribute to a future where our language truly belongs to everyone."

Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language, said:

"The aim of Cymraeg 2050 is to ensure that more people can speak Welsh and to increase its use. I am proud to announce this Memorandum of Understanding to ensure a common vision to increase the use of the Welsh language and to ensure a successful future for our language together.

"The Welsh language belongs to us all and Stori'r Iaith will play an important role by showing different people's relationship with the Welsh language."

S4C and the Welsh Government will hold a special event at the Cardiff Millennium Centre on Tuesday, 7 February, to launch the Memorandum with Jeremy Miles MS and presenter Sean Fletcher.

Sean will present the first episode of Stori'r Iaith, which starts on S4C on Wednesday 8 February. The series of four different programmes with Sean Fletcher, Lisa Jên, Alex Jones and Elis James takes us on a journey through the history of the Welsh language and each presenter's unique relationship with the language.

A comprehensive educational package, 'Mwy o Stori'r Iaith', will be published on the Welsh Government's HWB platform on March 1st and on the mwyostoririaith.cymru website. The educational package coincides with the television series and includes cross-curricular interactive activities and a timeline of the history of the language, together with eight video clips based on the series. The package was developed by Rondo Media and Atebol and was funded by a grant from the Welsh Government.


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