A unique online course has recently been launched to emphasize the importance of learning and understanding about Gwynedd’s heritage, habitats and history.
The aim of the Gwynedd Ambassador scheme, which has been developed by Gwynedd Council’s Tourism, Marketing and Events Service, is to give people who live, work, study or have an interest in Gwynedd the opportunity to learn and improve their knowledge of the county’s unique characteristics.
The purpose according to Elin Evans, Welsh Slate Project Officer, Gwynedd Council; “was to create an online course to present Gwynedd’s heritage, identity and history in a simple and contemporary way, which would be suitable and beneficial for everyone; businesses, children, young people, public sector workers and the general public.”
One who is keen to share the county’s story is the author and presenter from Pen Llŷn, Aled Hughes. “Is it possible to have a bit of everything in one county? Yes… in Gwynedd. From its countless beaches to its highest peaks, from its villages to its farms – to its castles – there is something for everyone. As someone who was born and bred here and educated to degree level here – it’s easy to take the place for granted. The Welsh language’s cradle, home of myths and legends. But the most important element? Its people – people who are very proud of their language and Welshness. And that, for me, is the strength of Gwynedd – and I’m pleased that this highly important resource is available to tell our story.“
The launch of the online course builds on the recent work undertaken by Gwynedd Council and its partners to secure UNESCO world heritage site status for the ‘Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales’.
Roland Evans, Assistant Head of Economy and Community, Gwynedd Council said; “Promoting, conserving and developing the county’s heritage is a priority for Gwynedd Council. The new Ambassador course will enable the people of Gwynedd and beyond to learn and spread the message of how unique and important our area is.“
The course will consist of 9 modules that will guide the learner to learn about themes such as Language, Culture, Communities, Landscape, History, Legends, and Heritage, amongst others. Anyone will be able to take part in the course in their own time and it will be free of charge. On completion of the work, you will be able to gain a bronze, silver or gold certificate. Four modules have already been launched, with the remainder to follow in the coming weeks.