*EDI stands for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
As part of the world-leading Nord Anglia Education group of schools, BVIS HCMC’s mission is to develop a future generation that will change the world for the better.
Fundamental to our mission is teaching our students about the importance of understanding and championing equality. With this emphasis in mind, we are delighted to launch the 1st ever Black Month History Month celebrations, from 18 November to 18 December 2021, in school.
Focusing on the 4 exciting, informative and throught-provoking sessions (listing down 4 sessions), Mr Lee Moroney, and our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Steering Committee have developed a great concept and initiatives to introduce the Month to students during Tutor Time, PSHE and Daily Challenges. These create valuable opportunities for students to break down harmful stereotypes, promote empathy and respect for other cultures, thus building their understanding of the importance of embracing diversity, as we stand together against all forms of discrimination.
Leading the project, Mr Lee Moroney, also EDI Champion at BVIS shared, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be celebrating Black History Month here at BVIS. Of course, Black history is history and should be covered as standard across the curriculum, however BHM is a special and dedicated time to celebrate the achievements of Black people and the contributions they have made to the world.
It is vitally important that our students learn about and celebrate other cultures. We have a planned a huge variety of activities to be completed throughout the course of the month and have begun planning to make our curriculum even more diverse and inclusive for the future
We want to teach every student at BVIS to be empathetic and compassionate individuals, who will take an active stance against racism and all forms of discrimination. Black History Month is just one of the ways we hope to do that. I can’t wait to get started! ”
What is Black History Month and why is it important?
Black History Month is a month-long celebration of Black people and the contributions Black people have made to society.
It seeks to go beyond stories of racism and slavery to spotlight Black achievement
“History tends to be written by the powerful…it tends to be written by the people in charge…It’s predominately male, it’s predominately white, it’s predominately middle or ruling class…While this can be a challenging story to tell, tell it we must, as it teaches us important lessons about the present as well as the past.” – Andrew Hann, Historian
It is vitally important that we celebrate the achievements of Black people in order to break-down negative stereotypes that lead to prejudice and racism
Black people are disproportionately affected by negative stereotypes in the media, so we must make active steps to dispel these stereotypes and ensure Black people are given full and realistic representation.
One way we can do that is by celebrating the achievements of Black people
Towards the end of the month, we will send out some reflection activities, where students will be asked what they have learnt throughout this amazing month.
We will also ask students how they would like to celebrate Asian Heritage in future events.
Bringing Secondary Student Council onboard in promotion of the objectives and activities increases awareness and engagement among student bodies.
We look forward to making the month a remarkable celebration of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in school!