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Meet the Rhag Team

Elin Maher, Newport

National Director

Elin has been a campaigner for Welsh-medium Education in the South East for over twenty years now. She is originally from Clydach, Tawe Valley but has settled in Newport since 2001. She has three children and a husband who has learned Welsh. Elin worked hard to ensure that 3 Welsh-medium primary schools and one secondary school opened in the city since she arrived. The schools are going from strength to strength and more children have the opportunity of being able to speak at least two languages from very early on. She has a wide knowledge of school organisation processes and has worked strategically with local councils and national government on complex issues over the years. Promoting Welsh language education is key to Elin's work and ensuring that there are effective and easy systems together with the provision of accessible and high quality Welsh-medium education is a priority for her. She has also worked as a governor in all Newport Welsh-medium schools to ensure support as they grow.



Glesni Edwards, Denbighshire

Engagement and Promotion Officer for North Wales

Hello! I'm Glesni Mair Edwards. I live in the Clwyd Valley in Denbighshire and feel extremely lucky that I have lived and grown up in such a beautiful part of the country. I am proud of my identity and feel that the Welsh language is an integral part of me as a person. I was very pleased to hear that I had being appointed as North Wales Engagement and Promotion Officer for Rhieni Dros Addysg Gymraeg (Parents for Welsh-medium Education) because, throughout my career as a teacher, I have felt passionate about developing the enthusiasm of pupils of all ages to learn and to enjoy speaking Welsh. I am now a mother myself and therefore aware of the challenges that parents face day to day and feel strongly that every family should have the option of being able to choose  Welsh-medium education for their children and also to learn the language as an adult. I look forward to this new and exciting challenge as an officer for RhAG as I collaborate with all the partners involved with the organisation in order to promote a develop the growth of the Welsh language in Wales.