Teach students the unabridged history of colonialism

Teach students the unabridged history of colonialism

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Ayo Odunaiya started this petition to National Government

It's imperative to teach students about the holocaust, not to chastise German students or even Germany as a whole, but simply to educate. It is education that can eradicate ignorance and belligerence as we begin to unravel the cause of many social issues, misunderstanding.

Likewise, the imperialistic adventures of the British empire needs to be added to the National Curriculum for similar reasons. The aim of this isn't to instill guilt or to victimise students, but to cure the historical amnesia about what the empire entailed.

We need to teach a complete and comprehensive past, not a past which is overly distorted. We should therefore highlight historical injustices as well as the impacts on trade, infrastructure, literacy and medical and scientific discoveries.

For example, students should learn about the autonomous Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa Tribes that were concatenated by the British Empire to form Nigeria. Discussions should then be had on how the Empire allocated control over a newly imagined larger country and how this resulted in civil unrest in the form of the Biafra War and countless coups. The curriculum should not however just cover the colonization of African Nations, but should also discuss the impacts of colonialism in the East. Teachers should explore the divide and rule strategy designed to exacerbate the religious divide between the people of India. Consequential conflicts, such as the Calcutta killings of 1946, should also be examined in depth.

The British Empire should be taught in it's entirety to secondary school students before they have to option to drop history. The transparent and accurate teaching of the Empire should be integrated into History lessons. 'If we don't know where we have come from, then how will we appreciate where we're going?'

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