Dispersing the notion of there being a lack of Black history being taught in Bermuda’s public schools, Education Minister Diallo Rabain today held up several project offerings presented by Paget Primary students as evidence contrary to popular, local myth.
TNN caught up with Minister Rabain, while taking part in festivities associated with the school’s Black History Month Museum expo, where many of the Black contributors to the Island’s evolution were highlighted.
“The first time I came up here I was blown away,” said the Minister, a frequent guest of honour at the Ord Road institution. “But each successive year I’m just blown away with how our students re capturing the Black history of Bermuda in the displays that they put forth.
“What also blows me away is that each class has its own tour guide.
“So you have the actual children taking you around, giving the history and telling you exactly what is on display.
“The students have done the drawings, they’ve made the posters, they’ve collected the artifacts, they’ve done everything themselves.
“So, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate Black History Month and any one out there who has not ever visited Paget Primary, and experienced the Black History Month Museum, I encourage to pay them a visit to see what these children have done and are doing in regard Black Bermudian history.”
The Minister added that talk of Black history being absence from the curriculum represented a false narrative.
“We often talk about Black history, more specifically Black Bermudian history,as something not being taught in Bermuda’s schools system,” said Mr Rabain. “This helps to alleviate those misnomers.
“Because there is a very good curriculum concerning the history of Bermuda, especially Black history of Bermuda.”
“These children here have gone above and beyond to collect information about the history, where they go out and talk with the very people and their families.
“They ask them for special artifacts, as well as have them come down in person to see what has been put together.
“For example, they’ve made the auditorium into a Mike Sharpe Museum, where there things I looked at that I didn’t know and emphasises the depth of research and information that these children were able to acquire and learn.”
The Minister told how members of the public should feel free to visit the school at 20 Ord Road, Paget, via first the school’s main office of call the office (236-7412) to make arrangements to visit.
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