Sir Lenny Henry: Education is a right for all

Education is not an "accident of birth" and is a right for everyone, comedian Sir Lenny Henry has said as he became a university chancellor. 

In his first speech as Birmingham City University's new chancellor, Sir Lenny talked about how he grew up believing education was "not intended for the likes of me". 

He did not start studying for qualifications until he was an adult. 

Sir Lenny, 58, was awarded his first degree at the age of 46. 

He first attempted to gain qualifications while working with comedy duo Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball in the early 1980s. 

Sir Lenny, who received a knighthood last year, told an audience at Birmingham Town Hall on Tuesday: "I grew up with the belief that education was not intended for the likes of me. 

"It wasn't until I was doing a summer season with Cannon and Ball in 1981 that I was brave enough to embark on my GCSEs. 

"It was tough going, but I got through it. 

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