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Yr iaith Gymraeg yn ffynnu ym Mhatagonia

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Mae tir o lynnoedd a mynyddoedd: Patagonia, lle mae'r iaith Gymraeg yn ffynnu.

Mae tir o lynnoedd a mynyddoedd: Patagonia, lle mae’r iaith Gymraeg
yn ffynnu.

MAE ADRODDIAD yn dangos bod yr iaith Gymraeg yn mynd o nerth i nerth ym Mhatagonia.

Bu cynnydd o 19% ers y llynedd yn nifer y bobl sy’n astudio cyrsiau Cymraeg a chynnydd o 54% yn nifer yr oedolion sy’n dysgu’r iaith.

Mae Adroddiad Monitro Blynyddol 2014 sy’n cael ei weithredu ym Mhatagonia gan British Council Cymru, yn dangos poblogrwydd cynyddol y Gymraeg yn y rhanbarth, gyda’r adroddiad yn dangos fod cynnydd o 19% yn nifer y bobl sy’n dysgu Cymraeg (o blant i oedolion), o 985 yn 2013/14 i 1174 yn 2014/15, sy’n gynnydd o 39% ers 2011.

Mae cynnydd sylweddol yn nifer yr oedolion sy’n dysgu’r iaith gyda 268 o oedolion yn mynychu cyrsiau, cynnydd o 54% eleni a 135% ers 2011. Yn ogystal â’r nifer mwyaf erioed o ddysgwyr, yn 2014 y gwelwyd y nifer mwyaf o ddosbarthiadau Cymraeg yn hanes y prosiect, 90 o ddosbarthiadau i gyd, i fyny o 83 yn 2013 a 79 yn 2012.

Dywedodd Gareth Kiff, monitor academaidd y prosiect ac awdur yr adroddiad: “Mae’r cynnydd yn y niferoedd o bobl o bob oedran sy’n dysgu Cymraeg yn ystod y tair blynedd diwethaf yn dyst i waith caled pawb a fu’n ymwneud â’r prosiect ym Mhatagonia a Chymru. Mae’r niferoedd yn tyfu ymhob categori oedran ac erbyn 2016 dylem gyrraedd sefyllfa lle bydd tair ysgol gynradd ddwyieithog. Gwaith y prosiect yw sicrhau bod gan bobl leol berchnogaeth o fentrau o’r fath a sicrhau bod dyfodol tymor hir i’r iaith Gymraeg ym Mhatagonia. Mae hyn yn digwydd ac o ystyried y swm bychan o arian sydd ar gael i ni, mae’r prosiect yn enghraifft o gost effeithiolrwydd mewn cyfnod o galedi economaidd.”

Dywedodd Jenny Scott, cyfarwyddwr British Council Cymru: “Eleni, rydym yn nodi 150 o flynyddoedd ers i ymsefydlwyr o Gymru gyrraedd Patagonia ac mae’r adroddiad yn dangos yn glir sut y mae Prosiect yr Iaith Gymraeg yn helpu’r iaith i ffynnu yn y rhanbarth. Gobeithio y bydd y flwyddyn o ddathlu yn annog mwy o bobl yng nghymuned Gymraeg Patagonia ac yma yng Nghymru i ddysgu’r iaith. Mae prosiect y British Council, sef Connecting Classrooms hefyd yn helpu i greu cysylltiadau rhwng Cymru a Phatagonia gyda phartneriaeth ar waith rhwng Ysgol Pentreuchaf, ger Pwllheli, ac Ysgol yr Hendre yn Nhrelew, Chubut. Mae Ysgol Feithrin y Gaiman, Chubut ac Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth hefyd yn creu partneriaeth ac mae pâr arall o ysgolion wedi mynegi diddordeb.”

Mae Prosiect yr Iaith Gymraeg wedi bod yn hyrwyddo a datblygu’r iaith Gymraeg yn nhalaith Chubut ym Mhatagonia, yr Ariannin ers 1997. Bob blwyddyn mae tri swyddog datblygu iaith o Gymru yn treulio cyfnod rhwng mis Mawrth a mis Rhagfyr yn dysgu ym Mhatagonia. Maent yn datblygu’r iaith mewn cymunedau sy’n siarad Cymraeg drwy ddysgu a gweithgareddau cymdeithasol.

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Communities in Ceredigion will get extra support

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COMMUNITIES in Ceredigion will get extra support as they take part in a census rehearsal The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has appointed a census engagement manager to support Ceredigion residents help rehearse the census this October.

Ceredigion was chosen as one of just four areas for the census rehearsal, which will enable the ONS to test some of the systems and processes it has put in place ahead of the digital-first 2021 Census.

David Lloyd Roberts, the area’s census engagement manager, will help organisations, charities, faith groups and community leaders within the county to raise awareness of the census rehearsal and the value to local residents in taking part.

David, who grew up on a hill farm in Pontrhydfendigaid studied history and Welsh history at Aberystwyth University before embarking on a career within the community as a trading standards officer. He went on to manage the local authority’s trading standards, licensing and community warden functions.

He said: “I’ve worked in local government in Ceredigion for over 34 years and served as a school governor for 10 years, so I like to think I know the area and its people well.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to work with community groups and residents to test out the processes to make sure everything works as well as possible and to help ensure everyone in Ceredigion get their voices heard.”

People in each of the rehearsal areas, Ceredigion, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Carlisle, will be asked to complete a questionnaire about those living in their household on 13 October 2019.

The rehearsal will be primarily online, with help for those who need it. Residents will be invited to take part later this year.

Director of census operations, Pete Benton, said: “The census helps inform vital public services such as the number of children’s school places, hospital and GP services and social care provision in local areas.

“As the census only takes place every ten years it is important we hold an operational rehearsal to ensure that all our processes run smoothly.

“The people of Ceredigion who take part will all be helping to ensure the overall success of the 2021 Census.”

The ONS’s recommendations for the next census were published in a government White Paper in December 2018.

The 2021 Census will, for the first time, collect information on veterans of the UK Armed Forces. This enables monitoring of the Armed Forces covenant – the deal between the country and those who served it.

And it is proposed that there will also be a new voluntary question on sexual orientation for those aged 16 and over. In addition to the usual question on being male or female, there will also be a voluntary question on gender identity for those aged 16 and over.

Everyone across the UK, including those living outside of the four rehearsal areas will be asked to take part in the actual census in 2021. More information will be made available nearer the time.

Community leaders in and around Ceredigion can find out more about the rehearsal by calling David on 07458109340 or emailing david.roberts01@field.census.gov.uk.

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Chairman’s contribution to local charity

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Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Hag Harris presenting a cheque of £400 to Elin Vaughan-Miles, Lampeter Family Coordinator.

AS Councillor Hag Harris’ year as Chairman of Ceredigion County Council for 2018-2019 draws to a close, the Chairman’s Annual Dinner was held. During the evening, donations were received supporting the charity of the Chair’s choice, which was Lampeter Family Centre.

Lampeter Family Centre is open five days a week to all families with children under the age of 11 years old. It is a free, open access environment which provides a service to families in a welcoming and non-judgemental environment.

The centre offers a variety of sessions throughout the week including baby group, lunch club, language and play sessions for parents and toddlers. They also offer free play sessions, craft activities and ‘Out and About’ sessions which promotes the services on offer in the community.

Councillor Hag Harris presented a cheque of £400 for Lampeter Family Centre and said, “It is a pleasure to present this money to a truly deserving charity. Lampeter Family Centre is a fantastic support service for families with young children. It is a great resource and benefit for the community.”

The Centre also offers a variety of courses for parents to gain new skills, including Welsh lessons to help families who have recently moved to the area to integrate into the community. Over the last year, the Centre has supported 102 families.

Lampeter Family Centre is situated at Canolfan Dulais, Pontfaen Road in Lampeter. For more information, phone 01570 423847 or email lampeterfamilycentre@gmail.com.

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Beach clean up by Aberaeron Community Ambassadors

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Aberaeron Community Ambassadors after the clean-up at Aberaeron beach.

ON Tuesday 26 March, Aberaeron Community Ambassadors organised and hosted a beach clean at Aberaeron beach during their lunch hour. Whilst carrying out the clean-up, the young people had the opportunity to learn about looking after the environment around them.

Aberaeron Community Ambassadors is made up of Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron pupils and members of Aberaeron Youth Club. The group is part of Ceredigion Youth Service and is led by young volunteers and local young people.

School-based Youth Worker at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron, Rebeca Davies said, “The ambassadors did a great job organising and hosting their first community project, which was well planned and executed. It’s fantastic to see that our young people are so eager to get involved and give up their time for the benefit their local communities. Well done to Aberaeron Community Ambassadors!”

The recently established group now has 20 members aged between 11-18. Its aim is to organise and undertake activities and events which will benefit the community around Aberaeron.

Thomas Evans, Head Boy at Ysgol Gyfun Aberaeron and Young Volunteer with Ceredigion Youth Service said, “We had a great time litter picking at our local beach. It was a really good opportunity to give something back to the community, and that is the aim of the group. The group is looking forward to our next project.”

Ceredigion Youth Service is the designated Service for young people aged 11-25 in Ceredigion, dedicated to supporting young people’s personal, social and educational development through specialised support and open access provision. For more information or to find out what opportunities are available to you, head over to their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages at @GICeredigionYS or contact the team on youth@ceredigion.gov.uk.

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