Channel Islands schools aim for change during Black History Month

  • Video report by Caroline Lewis

Pupils across the Channel Islands have been celebrating diversity as they take part in Black History Month.

Black History Month has been celebrated in the British Isles for more than 30 years and aims to highlight the contribution of the black community throughout history.

Students at St Michael’s Prep School in Jersey participated in a special assembly which focused on black leaders, such as Nelson Mandela, and how their work changed the world.

Student Andrew Carnegie said he was ‘shocked’ by what he had learnt but added it was ‘good to see that people are trying to make a change with today's society’.

Something Headteacher, Mike Rees said the school was trying to achieve.

“We feel black history month is important because we can highlight stories and issues from the past that perhaps our national curriculum has neglected and it keeps them current in the minds of our pupils,” he said “It equips them to better navigate the world around them and therefore we feel it's important that this is constantly renewed in their minds.”

And it's a sentiment shared over in Guernsey where leaders at the Ladies College are trying to weave Black History throughout the curriculum.  

History teacher Tiggy Montague said: “To find interesting stories is not a problem at all you just have to make an effort to listen to those voices and go beyond the traditional subjects."

The school has also created an interactive board where pupils can scan QR codes to learn fact about historical figures.