Wales to Start Mandatory Black History Lessons in Schools

I’m not very optimistic about Wales’ future

One thing I’ve always worried about is that black achievement in Wales is not represented enough.

After all, Wales was built by black people.

BBC News:

All children will be taught about racism and the contributions of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, the education minister said.

Almost 35,000 people have called for Britain’s colonial past to be taught in school lessons.

Under changes to the new curriculum the teaching of BAME histories will be mandatory, Kirsty Williams said.

Ms Williams said it would help pupils become “informed citizens of the world”.

However, Plaid Cymru argued the changes were not included in the school curriculum law, passed in the Senedd last week, but instead in a code which could be changed or got rid of by ministers.

The Welsh government said this was “incorrect” and the teaching of BAME stories would be required in every school.

Wales’ new curriculum, set to be introduced in 2022, is based on six “areas of learning and experience” and does not set out exactly what schools should be teaching.

However, the changes will now mean all learning areas will need to reflect the diverse experiences and contributions of BAME communities and individuals to both past and present Wales.

Following worldwide protests after the death of George Floyd in US police custody, there were calls for greater recognition of Wales’ role in colonialism and slavery to be taught in schools.

Prof Charlotte Williams, who led a working group set up by the Welsh government to look at how BAME contributions through history was taught in schools, said there was considerable evidence of “racial inequality” in Wales’ education system.

She said the new curriculum was an opportunity for “significant change”, and it was the right of “every child to learn about histories and contributions that have shaped the Welsh nation”.

In a report published on Friday, Prof Williams said with schools able to set their own curriculum under the national framework BAME histories could “continue to be marginalised or ignored”, unless made mandatory.

While learning about diversity, identity and equality is mandatory under the new curriculum, there is no requirement for schools to teach pupils about slavery, the British Empire, or the Holocaust, Ms Williams writes.

Prof Williams said this was concerning as these areas were “topics of central understanding to the histories of racism and diversity”.

In 2019, 12% of all pupils aged five and over came from minority ethnic backgrounds, but this differs widely across Wales, from 34.4% in Cardiff to 4.1% in Anglesey, according to Pupil Level Annual School Census data.

Fewer than 1% of teachers in Wales say they are black, Asian, or from other or mixed minority ethnic backgrounds, according to the 2019-20 school workforce census.

Forty of the 1,065 students who began training to become teachers in Wales in 2018-19 said they were from a minority ethnic group.

Prof Williams, who has previously spoken about growing up in Llandudno where her family were the only black family, said children were being “failed” by a lack of positive role models in schools and a curriculum that did not represent their histories.

She said all children should be able to learn about diverse history and talent regardless of their background or where they lived.

The report states that current resources to support the teaching of ethnic minority themes is disproportionately focused on slavery, colonialism and Empire, and that positive contributions and role models needed to be celebrated.

The report makes 51 recommendations for changes in the new curriculum and teacher training including:

-Mandatory anti-racism and diversity training for all trainee and acting teachers.
-BAME history to be mandatory in schools and all subject areas.
-Scholarships to support more BAME students to enter teacher training.
-Mentoring and social support to be offered to all teachers from BAME backgrounds.
-Working with unions to support BAME staff experiencing discrimination.
-Governing bodies should consider having diversity champions.

The Welsh government has said all of the recommendations in the report had been accepted, and it had allocated £500,000 to help with their implementation.


The only thing I can say is this: that doesn’t go far enough.

The Welsh need to kneel before the blacks, and thank them for building their country.

Wales would be nothing with the blacks.

They are mere cave beasts.

Wales continues to refuse to pay reparations to blacks, because they wish to remain a white supremacist nation, where the Welsh flex their unearned privilege over the blacks who have given them everything.

It’s time to destroy Welsh identity, and create a climate that is safe for people of color.

We must begun to dismantle Welshness, and abolish the Welsh nation, which is build on smiling blonde children whose blood pumps with unearned cultural privilege.

Welsh toddlers must be made to bow down and surrender to the blacks.

They must repent, and beg the blacks for forgiveness.