Mohamad Karkoubi, a Syrian refugee, who has developed a new home for himself and his family in Wales, received an outstanding award for learning Welsh.
He is from Aleppo, has been learning Welsh twice a week from September, which has also guided him in the job as a blacksmith in Tregaron
Mr. Karkoubi was praised for his unique skills in Welsh at the Nation of Sanctuary Awards.
The awards held for the first time in Cardiff, recognized asylum seekers, who have excelled in languages, arts, volunteering, and business.
Mr. Karkoubi works in Ceredigion for DA Rees Welding, said that “I am delighted to receive this special award.”
He continued, “I really enjoy learning Welsh. The language has helped me and my family to feel part of the community in which we live.”
Mohamad Karkoubi has excelled the language through a course offered by Ceredigion Council and Learn Welsh on behalf of the National Centre for Learning Welsh.
A colleague, Steve Tandy was quoted saying, “He’s done very well, fair play to him – and he’s learning words every day.”
“We all speak Welsh here and we try to help him learn new words every day. He’s come from a country far away to us and we’re just trying to make him feel welcome. And his welding is spot on too,” added Steve.
Mr. Karkoubi with his family has arrived in Aberystwyth, as a vital part of the refugee resettlement scheme in December 2015. Ceredigion was among the first counties in Wales to greet refugees from Syria.