Two colleges in Wales celebrate Bilingualism.
Coleg Powys staff and students wore red as part of two special days to celebrate Welsh language and culture.
On Friday 7th September in Brecon and Monday 10th September in Newtown, the College held its Diwrnodau Dathlu Cymru (Celebrating Wales Days) to raise awareness of the opportunities and career benefits of bilingual skills in Wales.
Both college sites were decorated with Welsh flags and bunting and a variety of Welsh music was played in communal areas. The students heard from a number of motivational speakers, who shared their experiences of using Welsh and bilingual skills to further their own careers.
In Brecon the inspirational guest speakers were:
- Robin Gwyn, the College’s recently appointed Director of Bilingualism.
- Afryl Davies, joint founder/owner of Cardiff-based communications and media production company, Goriad Cyf. http://www.goriad.com/
- Sian Roberts, broadcaster, voiceover artist and Welsh food & hospitality consultant. http://coginio.com/
- Geraint Williams, Managing Director of Llanelli based legal consultancy, Lexium. http://www.lexium.co.uk/
In Newtown the students learned valuable lessons from:
- Robin Gwyn.
- Ed Holden, aka Mr Phormula, a professional beatboxer, producer, MC and all round general noise maker. http://mrphormula.com/
- Alun Jones, Chief Executive of Menter a Busnes, an independent economic development company. http://www.menterabusnes.co.uk/
- Sarah Reast, founder/owner of Machinations and Timberkits Ltd. http://machinationswales.co.uk/
- Alice Briggs, Visual artist, Assistant Curator at Ceredigion Museum and entrepreneur. http://www.alicebriggs.co.uk/
Coleg Powys would like to thank all the speakers and Menter Maldwyn (http://www.mentermaldwyn.org) for their help in organising the Newtown day.
As well as the celebrations and speakers, students also spent time doing their own research on the Welsh language and culture and undertook some assessments on their own linguistic abilities.
Robin Gwyn, Director of Bilingualism, said:
“Over recent years, Welsh-medium education has increased at all levels across Wales from primary school level upwards. There has, however, been a significant number of Welsh-medium educated young people who choose to stop studying through the medium of Welsh when they reach a new key stage of learning. One of the stages where this drop off occurs is in the transition from secondary school to further education (FE) college.
“As a result, Coleg Powys is committed to expanding the opportunities available to FE students in mid Wales by helping the Welsh Government provide ‘cradle to grave’ progression in Welsh medium education to increase the supply and demand for bilingual workers and services in the public, private and third sectors.
“It’s an integral part of our overall aim to achieve excellence in all we do in terms of helping young people and lifelong learners in Powys to fulfil their potential through innovative learning.”