MILLIONS of pounds will be allocated to support the growth in Welsh medium education, it was announced today.

The minister for welsh language and lifelong learning, Eluned Morgan, made the announcement that £46m has been allocated from the Welsh Medium Capital Grant and Childcare Offer Capital Grant.

The grant will support some 41 projects and create an additional 2,818 school and childcare places for Welsh medium learners.

The minister made the announcement during a visit to Ysgol Gyfyn Gwynllyw in Pontypool, which will be receiving a new primary school and nursery on the site as a result of the grant.

Ms Morgan said: “These projects will make a significant contribution to the provision of Welsh medium education. Having a comfortable, modern, fit-for-purpose environment in which to learn is vital to ensuring young people have the best possible education. This extra funding will mean that even more of our students will be able to benefit from excellent facilities to learn through the medium of Welsh.

“In addition to creating new schools and expanding current sites, this extra funding will give the green light to Welsh language centres across Wales. These centres make learning Welsh as a second language much more accessible and that’s vital if the language is to continue to grow and thrive.

“Our challenge of reaching a million Welsh speakers by 2050 is a significant challenge and education is key to our success. By investing in new Welsh medium schools and improving and increasing the teaching of Welsh in English medium schools we are paving the way for the future and laying the right foundations to reach this target”

And the minister for children, Huw Irranca-Davies, added: “Providing early opportunities for Welsh learning is vital if we are to increase the number of Welsh speakers, and I’m pleased today’s funding announcement will also go towards increasing the number of childcare places for Welsh medium learners.

“By working together across government and combining funding from both the Welsh Medium Capital and Childcare Offer Capital Grants we have been able to get better return on investment, resulting in better services for young people.”

Other successful projects to receive funding include Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bro Allta, in Caerphilly, which will have additional classroom space; Greenmeadow Primary, in Torfaen, will have a "Mudiad Meithrin pre-school facility"; and the establishment of primary provision leading to new build for Tredegar.