Caldicot gran takes up challenge of learning Welsh

BACK AT SCHOOL: Pamala White from Caldicot

BACK AT SCHOOL: Pamala White from Caldicot

First published in News

A GRANDMOTHER of six has gone back to school as part of a Welsh Government campaign.

Pamala White, 74, from Caldicot, decided to take up the challenge of learning Welsh as part of New Year, New You.

She now studies every Wednesday at Caldicot Community Education Bungalow in the town’s leisure centre for two hours.

She said: “I wanted a new challenge and to keep my brain active so I asked my daughter, Zoe, to do some research and she found a course and I persuaded her to come along for moral support.

“I was extremely nervous about the thought of going back into education after years away from a classroom. I’m an extremely proud Welsh woman and have always wanted to be able to speak my mother tongue and I thought better late than never!”

New Year, New You is part-funded by the European Social Fund and is being run in partnership with NIACE Dysgu Cymru, the Welsh arm of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education.

It is designed to make people in Wales more aware of the importance of having good skills, and to encourage them to think about what training they need to improve their career prospects.

For more information on new courses, visit www.YourFutureChoiceAction.org.uk or call 0800 100 900.

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7:38am Fri 14 Feb 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Is this really news or just more WAG propaganda?
Is this really news or just more WAG propaganda? Llanmartinangel
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10:36pm Fri 14 Feb 14

RobertHumphries says...

Chwarae teg i chi! Daliwch ati! Good for you, keep it up!

I'm from Newport, but moved away to Bristol as a child and now live in the states. Even though I don't come from a Welsh-speaking background I've learned Welsh as an adult and now take the opportunity to converse in the language with locals when I'm in west or north Wales. In addition, I sometimes translate historical documents and articles related to the Welsh immigrant community in the United States in the 19th century—I live in an area where there was a strong Welsh presence. Having some familiarity with the language also opens the door to understanding the wealth of our nation's Welsh-language culture, from the works of Dafydd ap Gwilym to those of Waldo Williams, Kate Roberts and Menna Elfyn to name just a few of our writers and poets.
Chwarae teg i chi! Daliwch ati! Good for you, keep it up! I'm from Newport, but moved away to Bristol as a child and now live in the states. Even though I don't come from a Welsh-speaking background I've learned Welsh as an adult and now take the opportunity to converse in the language with locals when I'm in west or north Wales. In addition, I sometimes translate historical documents and articles related to the Welsh immigrant community in the United States in the 19th century—I live in an area where there was a strong Welsh presence. Having some familiarity with the language also opens the door to understanding the wealth of our nation's Welsh-language culture, from the works of Dafydd ap Gwilym to those of Waldo Williams, Kate Roberts and Menna Elfyn to name just a few of our writers and poets. RobertHumphries
  • Score: 12

10:44am Sat 15 Feb 14

altom23 says...

Da iawn Good for you Show the rest of us how much you value our heritage and language
Da iawn Good for you Show the rest of us how much you value our heritage and language altom23
  • Score: 8

10:11pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Gooding says...

Well done to her.

"I'm an extremely proud Welsh woman and have always wanted to speak my mother tongue and I thought better late than never!"

Says it all.
Well done to her. "I'm an extremely proud Welsh woman and have always wanted to speak my mother tongue and I thought better late than never!" Says it all. Gooding
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