Wales is set to become the first UK nation to make the teaching of Black, Asian and minority ethnic histories mandatory in the school curriculum.
The announcement was made to coincide with the start of Black History Month and the new curriculum is set to be introduced from September 2022, subject to final sign-off next month.
It comes after a statue of Wales’s first Black headteacher Betty Campbell was unveiled in Cardiff on Wednesday.
Campbell, who died in 2017, was the first person to include Black history on the Welsh curriculum, teaching her pupils about slavery and its legacy, the ways Black people contributed to British society and apartheid in South Africa.
Welsh Education Minister Jeremy Miles said: “It is vitally important that our education system equips our young people to understand and respect their own and each other’s histories, cultures and traditions.
“If we are to progress as a society, we must create an education system which broadens our understanding and knowledge of the many cultures which have built Wales’s, and the world’s, past and present.”