Ontario Government investing $300,000 to promote Black history in schools

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Toronto/CMEDIA: Ontario Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce, announced reported in today’s news release an investment of $300,000 by the Ontario government to support the development of Black History curriculum-aligned resources to assist educators in teaching about Black experiences and contributions to Canada.

“Strengthening Black history in the classroom is part of our government’s plan to ensure the individuals we learn about and the lessons we teach students better reflect Canada’s diversity,” said Minister Lecce in the news release. “As we mark Black History Month, we are expanding access to resources through Black-led partners that will help the next generation learn and celebrate the contributions and histories of Black Canadians — from Lincoln Alexander to Viola Desmond.”

Resources and training aligned to classroom-ready studies of Social Studies, Grades 1 to 6, and History and Geography, Grades 7 and 8, the curriculum will be provided reportedly by the Ontario’s government in partnership with the African Canadian National Coalition against Hate, Oppression, and Racism (ANCHOR).

With an initiative to help build a greater understanding of the presence and positive roles played by Black individuals in shaping Canada’s story, heritage, and identity, Ontario’s $300,000 investment will not only promote Black history raise awareness about Black Canadian leaders, but will also promote its learning business, politics, sciences, the arts, and democracy.