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  • Refugee who fled Sudan for UK named college’s Student of the Year

    Tom Martin

    A REFUGEE who arrived in the UK two years ago when his home in Sudan was destroyed has been named Student of the Year at Hugh Baird College after he enrolled on an English course.

    Mohammed Alnour was forced to live in different refugee camps after his region of Sudan was targeted by armed groups of the Janjaweed.

    He then travelled more than 3,000 miles and arrived in Liverpool in 2017 with the hope of starting a new life and was accepted onto an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Entry 3 course at Hugh Baird.

    He instantly impressed tutors with his English language ability and work ethic and after completing his first ESOL course, Mohammed progressed on to the ESOL Level 1 course and successfully completed exams in English speaking, listening and reading.

    Mohammed’s efforts were recognised by the Bootle college in the annual Students of the Year awards ceremony where he was awarded the title of Hugh Baird College ESOL Student of the Year for his outstanding dedication to his course.

    Mohammed said: “My journey to the UK was very long, difficult and dangerous. I travelled to Libya and then through Europe to the UK. I received my indefinite leave to remain in June 2017 and I have never looked back. I decided to start my new life in Liverpool and I have been working hard to improve my English ever since.

    “My goal is to go to university and train to become a Construction Manager. I have really enjoyed studying at Hugh Baird College and I was over the moon to win the award for ESOL Student of the Year.”

    On completion of his GSCEs, Mohammed hopes to enrol on the Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Professional Construction and the Built Environment course. This course will give him the skills to fulfil his dream of working in the field of construction management.

    Jennifer Wilson, Hugh Baird College ESOL lecturer, said: “Mohammed was the natural choice for the ESOL Student of the Year Award. He is an extremely polite, conscientious and diligent individual and always tries his best in class. He is also always there to help his classmates. He has overcome so much to get where he is today and we are confident that with his dedication he will achieve his goals.”

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