Esmie and Nell have been nominated for Petition Campaign of the Year!


We are thrilled to announce that Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson and Nell Bevan have been nominated for Petition Campaign of the Year for their petition to teach Britain’s colonial past as part of the UK’s compulsory curriculum which received more than 268,000 signatures.

Currently, it is not compulsory for primary or secondary school students to be educated on Britain’s role in colonisation, or the transatlantic slave trade. We petition the government to make education on topics such as these compulsory, with the ultimate aim of a far more inclusive curriculum.

Now, more than ever, we must turn to education and history to guide us. But vital information has been withheld from the people by institutions meant to educate them. By educating on the events of the past, we can forge a better future. Colonial powers must own up to their pasts by raising awareness of the forced labour of Black people, past and present mistreatment of BAME people, and most importantly, how this contributes to the unfair systems of power at the foundation of our modern society.

In addition to this, Esmie and Nell have been featured in The Guardian as hundred of schools in England sign up for an anti-racism curriculum!

Among those who gave evidence to MPs were the university students Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson and Nell Bevan, whose survey of 56,000 current and former pupils and teachers found significant gaps in the British history syllabus.

More than 86% of respondents said they learned about the Tudors, while 72% were taught about the Battle of Hastings and the Great Fire of London. But just under 37% learned about the transatlantic slave trade, less than 10% about the role of slavery in the British Industrial Revolution and less than 8% about the British colonisation of Africa.

Jikiemi-Pearson, who studied history A-level, said: “No link was made between the long-lasting effects of colonialism and why some countries are still really struggling to find their feet again. It emphasised the divide between me and my white peers,” she said.