ON Sunday 5 August at 2:30pm early years specialists Mudiad Meithrin will launch its new multilingual leaflet for multicultural communities in Wales including people living at the location of the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Butetown, in Cardiff Bay.
Butetown is one of Wales’ most multicultural and multilingual communities which has been the destination for people from the four corners of the world for more than two centuries.
Today it is home to 10,000 people in an electoral ward that includes the old Tiger Bay, the National Assembly for Wales and the Wales Millennium Centre.
People from more than 50 countries had settled there to work in the docks and related industries by the start of World War 1. That cultural diversity in the area has lasted for more than a century and the presence of the National Eisteddfod has spurred Mudiad Meithrin to create the multilingual leaflet.
The leaflet consists of eight languages – Arabic, Somali, Urdu, Bangla, Punjabi, Polish and English as well as Welsh.
The majority of children accessing Welsh-medium education and child care in Wales come from English-speaking homes. Nevertheless, there is an increasing proportion of children living in Wales who speak a language other than Welsh and English at home.
Dr Gwenllïan Lansdown Davies, Mudiad Meithrin’s Chief Executive, said:
“As part of our promotional and marketing work, we are eager to strengthen the relationship with people from diverse communities and one way of doing this is to produce a leaflet about our work in a number of languages. Our aim is to persuade parents and guardians from every background that Welsh-medium early years provision is as relevant to them as it is to their neighbours, enabling them to contribute to the ‘Cymraeg 2050’ vision.”
The leaflet includes information for parents and guardians about Mudiad Meithrin’s work across Wales which include ‘Cymraeg for Kids’ groups, Cylchoedd Ti a Fi (Welsh-medium parent and toddler groups), and Cylchoedd Meithrin (Welsh-medium playgroups).
Dr Gwenllïan Lansdown Davies, added:
“Analysis of our data suggests we are succeeding in reaching parents and families from diverse backgrounds e.g. 2% of parents that came to Mudiad Meithrin’s ‘Cymraeg for Kids’ groups during June spoke another language (apart from Welsh and English) at home. Nevertheless, we feel there is work to be done in promoting and facilitating Welsh-medium child care and education amongst all our country’s communities and this is a step in the right direction.”