As everyone is aware of how Central Primary focuses on diversity, the Key Group A has been looking into Black History. Each days of the week, our children have been involved in a mature and diverse discussion involving themes as suffering, black leaders, unfair treatment, freedom and dreams so that eventually they wanted to contribute in asking for fairness and justice between the black community.
The week began with an important character in black history as Rosa Parks was who refused giving up her seat to a white person on the bus when by law “coloured people” had to do so. Her story brought lots of emotions and thrill to the children who for the first time (for many of them) saw and understood society has not always been like nowadays. This led to many discussions and was the first step to a big week.
Tuesday came and their eagerness to learn more about black history was clear. We watched a video about Martin Luther King and analysed his speech. It was interesting to see how a child recognised Mr Luther didn’t ask to fight against, but equality. His speech and the meaning behind left our little ones open-mouthed reflecting on actions to promote justice and equality.
Half way in the week, children studied Nelson Mandela and the importance of fighting for your dreams even when that takes so much in your life. Our group filled my heart with joy when they suggested to make posters promoting black lives matter, justice and equality and so they did. They worked eagerly on their posters and enjoyed every single second.
Finally, we ended looking at slavery in 1800 and polish misconceptions they had. The theme bought out emotions in the classroom and gave them the sense of being proud of black people for their everlasting effort to stand against supremacy over thousand years.
I, as their teacher, couldn’t be more thrilled of teaching this history and each child made me feel considerably proud of them with their understanding and maturity in this matter. Black lives matter and our children have the responsibility among all of us to change the world.