Three Welsh learners from the Bangor ‘Learn Welsh North West’ have received an award at this year’s National Eisteddfod. Daniela Schlick, Rebecca Bateson and Karin Koehler gained the highest marks throughout Wales in their exams over the summer.

The Basil Davies Memorial Prize, held for the first time this year, was coordinated by the WJEC and The National Centre for Learning Welsh.

The memorial fund for Basil Davies, who was a Welsh for Adults Tutor, was established in 2017 to acknowledge candidates who gained the highest marks in the various exams.

The ceremony was held to award the successful candidates on Saturday 4th August as part of the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff Bay.

Daniela Schlick received an award for her success in the Advanced level exam, Rebecca Bateson for the Intermediate level exam and Karin Koehler for the Entry level exam.

Daniela said: “It was a very exciting surprise for me to find out that I had won the Basil Davies memorial prize. It’s a huge privilege to receive this award in its first year by Betsan Moses, the new National Eisteddfod Chief Executive at a ceremony in the Pierhead buiding.”

“I would like to thank Basil Davies’s family, who also attended the ceremony, for sponsoring the prize and for their appreciation and support.

“Congratulations also to everyone who sat the exams. I am very proud of Learn Welsh North West and all its tutors that three learners from Bangor have won the award this year.”

The National Centre for Learning Welsh aims to attract new learners to the Welsh language and increase the numbers using and enjoying Welsh each day. The Centre operates at ‘arm’s length’ from Welsh Government, which funds it, and is part of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David group. The Centre works with 11 providers across Wales, which deliver Welsh courses on its behalf.

If you, or anyone you know are interested in learning Welsh, please visit the website for further details and to register www.learnwelsh.cymru/NW
Or call 01248 383928