Welsh learners in PatagoniaImage copyright British Council

More than 1,200 people in Patagonia were learning Welsh in 2016 – the highest number since a project began in 1997.

The Welsh Language Project attributed the growth to the development of Welsh education in the Argentine region.

The numbers represent an increase of 4.1% on the previous year.

Ysgol y Cwm, a new Welsh-Spanish school in Trevelin, opened in March 2016 with 50 nursery-aged children.

It hopes to eventually teach a further 150 pupils.

Image copyright Catrin Morris
Image caption Art at Ysgol yr Hendre in Trelew, Patagonia

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