P-05-1000 Make it compulsory for Black and POC UK histories to be taught in the Welsh education curriculum
This petition was submitted by Angharad Owen having collected a total of 34,736 signatures.
Text of Petition:
Britain -including Wales- benefited from colonialism and slavery for centuries. This needs to be represented in the curriculum.
The British Empire has often been glamorised and the global impact of Britain’s colonialism downplayed. This has been reflected in the content taught.
There needs to be real and significant change. The legacies of slavery and colonialism have very real impacts on BAME communities across Britain today, and the Welsh education system needs to recognise this.
The Committee considered this petition alongside petition P-05-1080 Introduce anti-racist teaching materials to children in schools in Wales to reduce hate crimes and agreed to welcome the fact that the Working Group’s comprehensive report and 51 recommendations were accepted by the Education Minister in March 2021 and:
- that both petitions have been successful in highlighting the need for improved knowledge and understanding of the experiences and contributions of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities within the Welsh Curriculum,
- to thank the petitioner for raising these important issues and close the petitions; and
- In closing the petition, members agreed to write to the Minister for an update on implementing the recommendations at the end of March 2022, agreeing to share that response with the petitioners.
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It was first considered by the Petitions Committee on 15/09/2020.
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Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
First published: 02/09/2020