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Plans to increase number of Welsh speakers to 'one million by 2050'

The Welsh Government will propose to increase the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050 at the Eisteddfod in Abergavenny today.

The proposal is to answer the growing demand for Welsh-medium schools. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The First Minister and Minister for Welsh Language will officially launch the proposal which is a result of the growing demand for Welsh-medium education.

The consultation also sets out to increase the number of people learning and able to use the language with their families, in their communities and workplace.

Since devolution we have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to preserving and growing the language. In 2011 we introduced legislation to protect the future of the language, and we are confident the discussion we are launching today will continue to help us grow the language so it thrives as a vibrant, living part of our communities.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales

The Minister for Welsh Language says he's given the ambitious target of one million speakers to create a fully bilingual nation.

Alun Davies says he wants everyone to have the opportunity to learn through the medium of Welsh from early years through to higher education.

Reaching a million speakers is a deliberately ambitious target. There are challenges ahead, but we can undoubtedly face those in the knowledge that we are building from a position of strength. If we are to foster a bilingual nation, it is something that the whole nation needs to do together. A politician can't impose that, but politicians can lead that, and what I'm anxious that we do is ensure that people have the opportunity to learn Welsh and to receive a Welsh language education in every part of the country, but then that people have the confidence and the wish to use that language at all times.

– Alun Davies AM, Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language

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