Welsh medium education will receive funding to the tune of £51m, in order to fund 41 new educational projects across the country
According to ITV News, the future growth of Welsh medium education is set to be boosted with £51m of funding.
£46m has been allocated from the Welsh Medium Capital Grant and Childcare Offer Capital Grant, on top of the £5m for the Pantycelyn development that was announced earlier this year.
The money aims to support 41 projects across 16 Welsh authorities. It is hoped that an additional 2,818 school and childcare places will be made available for medium learners.
Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, announced the funding. She said:
“These projects will make a significant contribution to the provision of Welsh medium education. Having a comfortable, modern, fit-for-purpose environment in which to learn is vital to ensuring young people have the best possible education.
“This extra funding will mean that even more of our students will be able to benefit from excellent facilities to learn through the medium of Welsh.
“In addition to creating new schools and expanding current sites, this extra funding will give the green light to Welsh language centres across Wales.”
New Welsh medium primaries in Merthyr Tydfil and Torfaen – the first ever Welsh medium school in Monmouth town – and a Welsh language centre in Denbighshire are among the projects that this £51m will fund.
The Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies, said that the funding would provide better early learning opportunities for children in Wales.