We may be approaching mid January and many resolutions will have fallen at the wayside, but it’s not too late to make a brand new promise for the year ahead – to support and celebrate the success of those who have learnt Welsh.
With this in mind, the National Eisteddfod launches the 2018 Welsh Learner of the Year competition at the Cardiff University Welsh for Adults New Year course on Saturday 13 January, bringing together learners of all levels to hear more about the Eisteddfod which is held in Cardiff this year and the opportunities for learners both locally and at the Eisteddfod itself.
Former Welsh Learner of the Year winners will be taking part in sessions during the day, emphasising the competition’s importance and its role in promoting learning Welsh across the country.
The competition is an integral part of the Eisteddfod’s work as the festival travels across Wales. Chief Executive, Elfed Roberts, says, “Celebrating the success of Welsh learners is an important element of our work, and the Welsh Learner of the Year competition is an excellent way to do this.
“This is a national platform for the learning Welsh sector, and a competition which is open to anyone who has learnt the language. Many people learn Welsh to speak the language with friends and family. Others want to speak Welsh at work, and lots of people are learning the language so they can use it in their community.
“And some people see learning Welsh as a challenge. Whatever the reason for learning, it’s easy to compete either by completing the form yourself or by being nominated by a friend or tutor.
“As we support and participate in the challenge to reach a million Welsh speakers by 2050, it is vitally important that supporting Welsh learners is an central part of our work, and that we as a nation celebrate success and encourage more people to learn the language, and more importantly, to use the language in the future.”
The Welsh Learner of the Year application form is available on the Eisteddfod website, www.eisteddfod.wales, and in a booklet, widely distributed through the Welsh for Adults network, or you can ring the Eisteddfod office for a copy on 0845 4090 300.
The closing date is 31 March and the competition is open to anyone who has learnt Welsh well. Individuals can compete or a friend, colleague or member of the family – anyone – can nominate someone who has learnt Welsh well.
The learners’ booklet also includes details of all kinds of competitions aimed at Welsh learners and entry forms. Stage competitors can also enter via the online registration system.
The winner receives a trophy, donated by School of Welsh, Cardiff University and £300 from Peter and Gill Griffiths, Pentyrch, Cardiff, and the other three finalists will receive trophies donated by School of Welsh, Cardiff University. Finalists will also receive a year’s subscription to the magazine, Golwg, and gifts from Merched y Wawr. The winner is invited to become a member of the Gorsedd.
The Cardiff National Eisteddfod is held in Cardiff Bay from 3-11 August. For more information go online.