To make it mandatory that Black History is taught in all schools across the UK

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BLACK LIVES MATTER. 

Like many others, I have walked the streets of London calling for support and change from the government and am not satisfied with the changes which have occurred as a result.  In 2017, 'the independent Angolini report' summary included the following statement,  "the stereotyping of young black men as 'dangerous, violent and volatile is a longstanding trope that is ingrained in the mind of many in our society.'

Why is this?

Black History is not taught in schools to the standard which it should be taught. In 2018 about 13.8% of the UK population was from a minority ethnic background with London having 40% of its population from the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) community. The fact that Black History is not covered how it should be is an injustice which needs to be fixed. The only way to create a community where everyone is respected, understood and appreciated is by using education as a tool. If this is not done, police brutality and acts of racism will continue to affect the lives of those in our community.

The whole of the UK needs to work together, starting with the youngest children, ensuring a quality first curriculum is taught in all UK schools. We need to reflect the diversity in the UK. Black History Month, as the only form of education, is not sufficient and we must ensure it is mandatory for all schools in the UK to ensure Black History is embedded into the rest of their curriculum. 

Why is this important to me? 

I would love for my children to grow up in a world where racism does not exists. I would love to not have to worry when they go out at night. I would love to trust that they would not become subjected to ignorant comments from individuals if they leave their community. I would love for them to not worry about people not understanding them and treating them differently if they want to go away to university in a different part of the UK. I would love to not have to worry that they would be hurt by the very organisation who is supposed to protect them. 

Education covers so much and incorporates skills which we carry with us for a lifetime. Let's be the change that we need and unify. Let's make the teaching of Black History mandatory across the UK.