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Learners celebrate their success at Gwent Welsh for Adults Awards Ceremony

Learners celebrate their success at Gwent Welsh for Adults Awards Ceremony

Welsh learners from across Gwent were recognised for their dedication to the national language in an awards ceremony held at Coleg Gwent’s Pontypool Campus this week.
The awards were hosted by TV presenter Nia Parry and attended by special guest Eluned Morgan AM, Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning.
The ceremony occurs annually and highlights the importance of learning the Welsh language in Gwent, as well as paying tribute to the achievements, hard work and commitment of both students and tutors. 

Learn Welsh Gwent – Coleg Gwent’s Welsh for Adults section – enrols over 2,500 enrolments on Welsh for Adults courses each year.
Geraint Wilson-Price, head of Learn Welsh Gwent and organiser of the awards believes that recognising learners for their enthusiasm and hard work is important. 
Geraint Wilson-Price said “With there being such a huge increase in the numbers of adults learning Welsh in the Gwent area, it’s important that we recognise and celebrate the successes of our learners at an event like this.  
“This evening has been a lovely time for learners of all levels to be recognised for their hard work and successes.  What is particularly delightful is to see so many learners moving through the levels and becoming more and more proficient so they can fully take part in all aspects of Welsh life,” he added.
Welsh Minister Eluned Morgan, AM said:  “This is one of my first engagements as the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning and I can’t imagine a more fitting one than a ceremony that celebrates both aspects of my portfolio. I congratulate everybody for their success and commend you on your commitment to learning Welsh. 
“We have a commitment to increasing the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050 and it is a pleasure to see so many people join us in our challenge.” 

Find out more about learning Welsh at Coleg Gwent by visiting www.coleggwent.ac.uk/welsh. Classes are offered throughout the community at all levels to suit learners. Learners can choose from day school, weekend courses, lessons from two hours to nine hours a week, and there are even classes via Skype and FaceTime. 
The winners:
- Learner of the Year – Zoe Selway, Hengoed 
- Learner of the Year Workplace – Grace Capper, Cardiff
- Workplace Tutor of the Year – Anne Shore, Oakdale, Blackwood
- Class of the Year – Betws, Newport Flying Start learners
- Welsh for the Family Tutor of the Year – Alison Withey, Beaufort, Blaenau Gwent  (no photo as Alison was unable to attend the ceremony)
- Welsh for the Family – Abergavenny class
- Supporting Learners Facilitator of the Year – Gareth Williams, Newport
- Supporting Learners Group of the Year – Newport Library
- Skype Tutor of the Year – Richard Morse, Cwmbran (No photo available)
- Special Learner Award – Lynnie Llewellyn, Caerphilly

Photo captions:

From left to right: Dr Emyr Davies WJEC’s Welsh for Adults examinations officer, Zoe Selway Learner of the Year, Elunded Morgan AM and Geraint Wilson-Price, head of Learn Welsh Gwent. 
Abergavenny Welsh for the Family – Welsh for the Family class winners with Nia Parry (far left).
Newport Library – Winners of the Supporting Learners Group of the Year with Nia Parry.
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