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Benjamin Zephaniah calls for English schools to teach Welsh

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Media captionBenjamin Zephaniah speaks to BBC Radio Wales

Performance poet Benjamin Zephaniah has called for the Welsh language to be taught in schools in England.

Mr Zephaniah said pupils should have a greater awareness of the "different cultures and languages" within Britain.

"Hindi, Chinese and French are taught [in schools], so why not Welsh? And why not Cornish? They're part of our culture," he said.

The poet made his comments during his first visit to the National Eisteddfod, which took place in Meifod, Powys.

Talking to BBC Wales' Cymru Fyw, he said: "In England, on the whole, when we talk about multiculturalism, we tend to talk about black people, Asian people and people who have brought their cultures here.

"Sometimes we forget that there are local cultures which are very different to English mainstream culture and literature."

He said he would "love to learn Welsh" but added it is "probably too late".

Read more of what Benjamin Zephaniah experienced at the eisteddfod by clicking here.

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