Black History Month, which is celebrated throughout October, gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.
People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a fundamental part of British history for centuries. However, campaigners believe their value and contribution to society is often overlooked, ignored or distorted.
Most schools still teach a history curriculum which focuses on traditional events and achievements. Black History Month, which is celebrated throughout October, gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture.
How is Black History Month celebrated?
The event is intended to recognise the contribution and achievements of those with African or Caribbean heritage. It’s also an opportunity for people to learn more about the effects of racism and how to challenge negative stereotypes.
How Tops Portsmouth Have Celebrated Black History Month
Tops Portsmouth, one of the biggest nurseries within the Tops Day Nurseries family, celebrated Black History Month by looking at traditional African jewellery, the children loved trying different pieces on and even had a go at making some themselves. They also created a display at the front of their nursery. The display included a book called ‘What is Racism?’ and prompted conversations with the children who had lots of questions and answers to support children’s understanding.
How Tops Lakeside Have Celebrated Black History Month
Tops Lakeside, located on Lakeside Harbor Business Park, were very excited to be celebrating this important event. The children listened to their Equality Co-ordinator, Nuria, talk about her recent achievement in completing a Bachelors Art in Early Years Education. She spoke to the children about the importance of persevering and working hard and then one day they might be able to wear a graduation gown too, despite the colour of their skin, everyone has equal chances in education.
The children also learnt about Liz Pemberton who is the director of ‘The Black Nursery Manager’. She focuses on promoting anti-racism in nurseries across the UK and offers training to practitioners to be able to implement this in their own nurseries too.
The children at Tops Lakeside also learnt about Marcus Rashford and the incredible things he has done to benefit our country. By contributing to our success in the Euros and starting the campaign to provide school meals to those children in need, in hope to end child food poverty.
Just like Marcus, many of the children at Tops Lakeside have a huge interest in football so, they were given the opportunity to go across to their local field and have the chance to play football on a lifesize football pitch.