24th October 2008 at 01:00
Black History Month

A lesson shared between more than 50 primary schools via a video link has been among the highlights of Black History Month, which draws to a close next week.

Children from three primaries in Redbridge, north-east London, presented their history projects to 50 other schools across Britain during the live video conference.

DJ Spoony, of Radio 5 live, hosted the link-up. Children from Uphall Primary spoke about Ottobah Cugoano, an abolitionist they had studied; pupils at Aldersbrook Primary discussed Olaudah Equiano, another abolitionist; and Woodlands Junior pupils shared what they knew about black Victorians.

Muna Brown, black pupil achievement co-ordinator for Redbridge, said: "Black History Month gives schools the opportunity to focus on African- Caribbean pupils. But we want the whole curriculum to reflect diversity - then there would be no need for a black history month because it would be part and parcel of the curriculum."

Links to related resources have been posted on the London Grid for Learning website.

Black History Month has been celebrated in the UK every October for more than 30 years. This year other events included plays, exhibitions, walks, talks, music, literature and film screenings.

Around 4,000 schools requested a copy of the Black History Month teachers' pack, which provided an official guide to events.

www.lgfl.netlgflsectionsblackhistory; www.blackhistorymonthuk.co.uk.

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