Black History Month: Wales will be first UK nation to make teaching of black histories compulsory

UK/October 02, 2021/By Will Hazell/Source: https://inews.co.uk/

The new Curriculum for Wales, due to be introduced from September 2022, will delve into the ‘stories of black, Asian and minority ethnic people’

Wales is set to become the first UK nation to make the teaching of black, Asian and minority ethnic histories compulsory in the school curriculum.

The requirement will be confirmed by the Senedd in a vote next month, but has been announced today to coincide with the start of Black History Month.

Teaching of the topic will be a mandatory part of the new Curriculum for Wales, which is due to be introduced from September 2022.

The curriculum is split into six parts, with each area having a number of “big ideas”.

One of these will be that “human societies are complex and diverse, and shaped by human actions and beliefs,” with an expectation that pupils “can develop an understanding of the complex, pluralistic and diverse nature of societies, past and present”.

The curriculum adds: “These stories are diverse, spanning different communities as well as in particular the stories of black, Asian and minority ethnic people.”

Last year, a Senedd petition calling on the Welsh Government to make black history compulsory attracted nearly 35,000 signatures.

Jeremy Miles, the Welsh Government’s Minister for Education and Welsh Language, said: “It is vitally important that our education system equips our young people to understand and respect their own and each other’s histories, cultures and traditions.

“Today’s announcement will help enrich the new curriculum, and therefore teaching in Wales, for years to come.

“If we are to progress as a society, we must create an education system which broadens our understanding and knowledge of the many cultures which have built Wales’s, and the world’s, past and present.”

In the wake of the Black Lives Matters protests, there have been renewed calls for more teaching of black history, and issues such as British imperialism, in schools across the UK.

In England, the national curriculum says pupils should learn about the “social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society”, and suggests schools could teach “an aspect of social history, such as the impact through time of the migration of people to, from and within the British Isles”.

Last year, revealed that when Michael Gove was Education Secretary, the Department for Education dropped a planned reference to the Windrush generation – the generation who came to the UK from the Caribbean after the Second World War – from a draft version of the curriculum.

On Wednesday, a statue of Wales’s first black headteacher was unveiled in Cardiff.

Betty Campbell, who died in 2017, was a champion of black history. She is thought to be the first named, non-fictionalised woman to have a monument in her honour erected in an outdoor public space in the country.

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