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Wales captain Warburton adds new cap to his collection

The 25-year-old Cardiff Blues star received an Honorary Fellowship for his outstanding sporting achievements. Credit: Cardiff University

Wales captain Sam Warburton added yet another cap to his collection today, but this time it was off the field.

The 25 year old picked up an Honorary Fellowship from Cardiff University in recognition of his 'outstanding sporting achievements.'

I hope I can be seen as proof to other young people that if you work hard and remain committed, you can achieve your goals. It's been great to soak up the graduation atmosphere with hundreds of students who've worked hard to achieve theirs.

– Sam Warburton

The Cardiff Blues star attended the university as a student after finishing his A-Levels, but left to pursue his rugby career after a year. He now holds the record for most caps for Wales as captain, having led the side on 35 occasions.

More than half of young people in Wales want the voting age lowered

More than half of young people in Wales want the voting age lowered to 16, according to a National Assembly for Wales consultation. They received more than 10,000 responses, the biggest ever for an Assembly consultation, finding that:

  • 53% want the voting age lowered to 16
  • 29% want the voting age to stay at 18
  • 79% think it's important for young people to learn about politics

The decision on whether to give the Welsh Assembly powers to change the voting age rests with Westminster, where a new draft Wales Bill is being worked on.

Megan Boot went to the National Assembly to find out why so many young people think a change in voting age is so important:


Education Minister: Foreign languages should start in primary school

The Welsh Education Minister says he wants pupils to start learning a modern foreign language at the age of 9 or 10, rather than waiting until secondary school to do so.

Speaking at a conference this afternoon, Huw Lewis said he would like Wales to become a ‘Bilingual plus 1’ nation, with pupils learning English, Welsh, but also a modern foreign language from Year 5 in primary school.

The Education Minister wants to say languages like French and German taught in primary school. Credit: PA

Our challenge is to equip our students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the new global economy.

I want our young people to understand that a sound knowledge of another language can help them get ahead in life, in education and the competitive world and I want to reverse the recent UK-wide decline in the take up of MFL here in Wales.

To ensure success in this area I believe we should start introducing additional languages at a much younger age.

I want us to be a nation where it is the norm for pupils to learn and become excited by a modern foreign language from Year 5 of Primary school, and well before making the transition to secondary school.

– Huw Lewis, Education Minister

He said he will now ask an expert group to look into when a change could be made.

Last month, a report from the British Council Wales and CfBT Education Trust warned there has been a 'significant decline' in the learning of modern foreign languages in schools here.

The Welsh Government says its £480,000 plan to improve modern foreign languages in Wales will come into effect from September.

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