Capgemini's Applied Innovation Exchange is supporting the ‘black curriculum’ to drive tangible impact externally towards the BAME community.
In Primary school and First Year of secondary education, we are taught of American Black History and the slave trade that occurred there. We are taught the names of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr, yet many people have never heard the names of Ignatius Sancho and Stuart Hall.
The black curriculum attempts to reimagine the future of education through black British history by providing arts-focused black history programmes and teacher training focusing on influential black figures throughout history for Black and BAME young people aged 12-15 through their Springboard Programme.
The Springboard Programme:
All participants will be exposed to Black British history and are required to undertake projects during the sessions. The programmes are for all young people aged 8-16 and aim to equip young people with a sense of identity, and the tools for a diverse landscape.
The programme is designed to fulfil our overarching 3 aims:
1) Facilitate social understanding and cohesion
2) Build a sense of identity and belonging
3) Raise attainment through building critical thinking skills
Education will always remain a key instrument for disarming ignorance and bigotry. Both the 1999 Macpherson report, published in the wake of the racially motivated murder of Stephen Lawrence, and the 2020 Windrush Lessons Learned review strongly recommended that black history occupy a more integral role in school syllabuses.
The black curriculum are working towards changing the national curriculum and building a sense of identity in every young person in the UK