History of minority communities now a mandatory part of Welsh school curriculum3 min readReading Time: 2 minutes
To teach students a more accurate version of Welsh history, all students will be taught about racism and about the contributions made by Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities (BAME) to Welsh society.
Kirsty Williams, the country’s education minister, said this addition to the curriculum would help children and young people become “ethical and informed citizens of Wales and the world.”
The Welsh government has voted for the new school curriculum to be introduced in 2022. The curriculum involves six areas of learning, which are yet to be laid out. A group had been set up by the government to look into how Black and Asian history was taught in schools and how racial inequality was affecting educational outcomes in Wales. It was led by Professor Charlotte Williams OBE, who said, “The attainment of children and young people from some minority communities is being hampered by a curriculum that has failed to represent their histories, and the contributions of their communities, past and present.”
Her report had 51 recommendations including: mandatory anti-racism and diversity training for all trainee and acting teachers; BAME history to be taught in schools; and scholarships to support more BAME students into teacher training.
The Welsh government said £500,000 would be provided to support the implementation of the report’s recommendations.
Triggered by Black Lives Matter
Following the global Black Lives Matter protests that took place in May and June 2020 after the death of George Floyd, a debate began in the UK about how little is taught in schools about Black history and British colonialism.
Thousands of people signed petitions calling on the government to do more to expand the national curriculum to include these subjects.
Justice for George Floyd
George Perry Floyd Jr was an African-American man murdered by police during an arrest after a store employee alleged he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis, UK. Derek Chauvin, one of four police officers who arrived on the scene, knelt on Floyd’s neck and back for nine minutes and 29 seconds, which is said to have caused his death. This incident sparked protests around the world, and shone the light on racism and police brutality in the US. This incident also gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement, or BLM for short. Today, however, justice was served when Chauvin was declared guilty of murder, and has been sent to prison for a long, long time.
Sources: BBC, Global Citizen