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Refugee students celebrated at Welsh awards

Three young Syrian refugees who have been given a second chance at education have been celebrated at a prestigious Nation of Sanctuary Awards held in Cardiff.

Following their traumatic experience of civil war, Motiaa Akroume, Louai Chayah and Ahmad Habib have set an example to other students, immersing themselves into college life, impressing tutors and taking advantage of learning opportunities.

The three were shortlisted in the category of English Language Learner of the Year at the awards organised by the Welsh Refugee Council and presented by BBC’s Jason Mohamed as part of Refugee Week Wales 2019.

Supported by the Cynnydd project, Motiaa, Louai and Ahmad are studying a level one foundation course at the college and the three will be progressing to a higher qualification next year.

The Cynnydd project, funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government, supports children and young people aged between 11 and 24 who are at risk of disengaging with education.

Steve Kelshaw, director of learning support at Coleg Sir Gâr said: “We are all really proud of all three as they have achieved everything that’s been asked of them and have taken full advantage of the support available as well as sports and social aspects of college life.

“We have been fortunate to take advantage of European ESF funding through Cynnydd, to provide additional English classes, though their success is all self-driven so we are looking forward to seeing them achieve even better things in the future.”