One boy, one plan
Motivated by global events in 2020 – with the death of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests – 13-year-old Diego was inspired to take action: “I decided to write to my Principal and one of the history teachers, and ask them if they thought it was a good idea to make a group that would explore a black curriculum at my school.”
To his delight, the teachers were supportive of his plan – and helped him set up a group with his peers to discuss different topics for inclusion in their curriculum, including subjects such as the colonisation of African countries, British activists, and movements for equality. By contacting his local MP, Kate Green – current Shadow Secretary of State for Education – he has also mobilised interest in parliament to discuss a black curriculum.
Making a difference
Diego’s story goes to show how the actions of just one person can have a significant impact – and how important it is to pursue the drive for diversity.
Beyond Black History Month
Initiatives like Black History Month can be great springboards for permanent change, opening learners and educators up to new ideas, influences and stories. Keep an eye out for events that help expand conversations around race and colour – many, including Pearson’s autumn webinars will be available online for free.