everywomanChangemakers Podcast: Is Black History just for October? Meet the woman challenging the UK Schools curriculum to change
When Lavinya Stennett was at school she found little if any relatable black history or contribution in the curriculum she was being taught. Her experiences led her to set up the Black Curriculum, a social enterprise that aims to change the way schools teach and integrate black history into their students’ education. We talk to her about her mission to highlight and challenge the implicit racial bias in the school curriculum at a nationwide level — and why it is so vital to provide a contextual, globalised history that roots the Black British experience in histories of movement and migration in order to underpin a sense of identity and belonging.
Read a full transcript of this podcast here
01:14 - When did you realise there was an implicit racial bias in the curriculum?
03:09 - You had to learn black British history at home?
03:52 - Why has it taken so long to even approach this
05:46 - Do you think there is an unwillingness to look honestly at Britain’s colonial past?
07:41 - Windrush is a good example to teaching, within a historical context.
09:23 - What do countries like New Zealand get right, that we don’t?
12:54 - When is the best time to start teaching students The Black Curriculum?
15:00 - Is the black experience reduced by only teaching slavery and colonialism?
17:18 - When did you first come up with the idea of The Black Curriculum?
19:03 - Is Black History Month a good or bad thing?
21:19 - How would a curriculum like this impact your sense of identity?
23:55 - What is the change that you want to see, and what is a realistic timescale?
25:46 - What advice would you give to a parent, teacher and a pupil?