Views sought on how ethnic minority history and culture is taught in schools

Monday, 7 December 2020

People are being asked for their views on how children are taught about the history and culture of diverse ethnic minorities at school, including that of Black and Asian communities.

Interest in ethnicity has been growing in prominence in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the world and a report into the backgrounds of those at higher risk of dying with Covid-19.

The Education Service consultation asks parents, pupils and educationalists to give feedback on how racial and cultural awareness is covered in current lessons and the opportunity to suggest improvements.

The Isle of Government is exploring ways it can update the curriculum to help pupils learn more about the contributions and achievements of people of different ethnic backgrounds.

This year has seen a heightened awareness and recognition of ethnic minorities on the Isle of Man, with more than 1,500 people attending a peaceful demonstration in Douglas on 9 June following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

Since this event, the Education service has engaged closely with groups such as People of Colour IOM, Manx National Heritage, the One World Centre and the Hardy Commission, supported by Culture Vannin.

Dr Alex Allinson MHK, Minister for Education, Sport and Culture, said:

‘This year has seen a surge of activism with regards racism awareness globally and many nations around the world have reflected on their own issues surrounding ethnic and cultural diversity as a result.

‘The Isle of Man has a proud history of openness and progressive politics, enriched by all members of our community. This consultation seeks to inform our work as an education service in developing our curriculum, and ensures our commitment to the equality and diversity of our young people.’

The consultation is available on the Government’s website until 4 January and the responses will help to shape the Education Service’s work in schools.

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