PE01813: Reform the national curriculum to include all African Scottish history


Petitioner: Eunice Olumide


Date Lodged: 05 August 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to reform the national curriculum to include Afro-Scottish history including artefacts of African diaspora, cultural and economic contributions, the role of the British Empire and the benefits to Scotland from colonies of the Caribbean and Africa.

Petition History:

SPICe Briefing (149KB pdf)


24 September 2020: The Committee agreed to join PE01813 and PE01814 together for future consideration on the basis that they raise similar issues. The Committee also agreed to write to the Scottish Government. Link to Official Report of Meeting 24 September 2020   

9 December 2020: The Committee agreed to close the petitions under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the Scottish Government has committed to find ways of promoting diversity and better teaching and learning about Black and ethnic minority history and the importance of tackling racism in society today in schools; and this is a large, long term project that the Committee is confident will be scrutinised by other areas of Parliament. The Committee also agreed to write to both the Education and Skills Committee and the Equalities and Human Rights Committee. Link to Official Report of Meeting 9 December 2020

Written submissions 




Do you agree the national curriculum should be changed to include Afro-Scottish history?

What should be included in the national curriculum to ensure a full account of Afro-Scottish history is taught?

Please amend the curriculum. Thanks

Christy Brikinns

19:22 on 05 Aug 2020

The truth must come out.

Jean Thomson

18:22 on 05 Aug 2020

All history should be give, our children need correct information. Facts are important. No bias.

Kathleen Mehta

16:39 on 05 Aug 2020

As a former research assistant employed by the Livingstone Online project during my postgraduate studies at Glasgow University, I strongly urge you to heed and implement this petition. Livingstone's egalitarianism was lightyears ahead of it's time and his geographical, medicinal, botanical, and social work is something we can be proud of. It is of huge importance that his legacy is championed. I wish I had encountered Livingstones work well before my undergraduate studies. High school students are more likely to encounter the murderous exploits of Francis Galton than they are Livingstone's. Heeding this petition will add momentum to the progress and achievements currently being made by the Black Lives Matter movement.


15:12 on 05 Aug 2020

Absolutely vital part of everybody's education.

Kelly Holliday

14:41 on 05 Aug 2020

Vital that this is made part of the curriculum. Long overdue but so important.

Julia Cawthorne

8:36 on 05 Aug 2020

Like David livingstone is taught to us as children and adults, Children need to know the truth about the real about the 401+ year relation between Africans, Scots and Brits history including how scotland was built and acquired the wealth it continues to enjoy today. Like David Livingston all other slave masters celebrated in street names and buildings need to be taught. At adult in America the families of the slave masters and the families the enslaved are meeting to reconcile as most turn outrelated. Yet the enslaved families are not included in the current wealth.

Grace Manyiks

7:07 on 05 Aug 2020

This is very critical at this time,

Talmadge Bethel

23:57 on 04 Aug 2020

It is vital that we acknowledge the role our cities and countries haven played In history and that we learn from this to avoid making mistakes of the past

Tressa Burke

23:14 on 04 Aug 2020

If is time the Scots understand the place of Scotland in African history & why we are here today.

Hannatu Gamba

21:12 on 04 Aug 2020

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