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Practical Skills for Teaching Inclusive History: CARGO Classroom

Explore ways to improve the representation of people of African and African diaspora heritage drawing on 5,000 years of history.

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A grid of 15 colourful illustrations of different people who have contributed to Africa's history over a span of 5000 years.
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Discover how to create a more inclusive curriculum

On this four-week course from the University of Bristol, you’ll explore ways to help you combat social injustices in school history curricula, in particular when teaching African and African diaspora histories.

By the end of this course, you’ll have the tools and knowledge to implement a diverse and inclusive curriculum for your students.

Equip yourself with the CARGO Classroom resources

CARGO Classroom’s main focus is enrichment through education, readdressing the imbalance of a Eurocentric curriculum by shining a light on the accomplishments, achievements and contributions of individuals who are often overlooked or misrepresented in history.

This course will help you to develop your competence and confidence when teaching African and African diaspora histories by sharing best practices through CARGO classroom lessons and resources.

Explore the benefits of teaching African and African diaspora histories through real-life examples

Throughout the course, you’ll be introduced to different teachers and teaching students who all have a desire to enhance and diversify their curriculum.

You’ll hear their stories and how they are broadening their teaching, using CARGO classroom lessons and resources to teach African and African diaspora histories.

Learn from the experts at CARGO and the University of Bristol

This course is a collaboration between the University of Bristol, CARGO Movement and the Education, Justice, and Memory Network (EdJAM).

Using poetry, imagery and film to enhance the enjoyment of the learning experience, Cargo’s approach is focused on the use of accessible creativity to develop education resources. That’s why they are uniquely positioned to help you develop your teaching to include African and African diaspora histories.


  • Week 1

    Solution Based Learning

    • CARGO Classroom

      Charting African Resilience Generating Opportunities.

    • History For All

      Explore the importance of language and how it shapes the environment we live in.

    • Refreshing Narratives

      The views of Professor Jason Arday, speaking about the injustices created through a Eurocentric Education System and an unbalanced Curriculum.

    • Illuminating History: A Collective Response

      Embedding a perspective that reframes the predominantly negative perception of African and African Diaspora Histories.

    • A Time To Reflect

      A space to consolidate this week's learning.

  • Week 2

    Art Of Revolution

    • Educators Diary Part 1

      We have been working with educators and learners to explore what it's like to come across CARGO Classroom resources. Meet two educators who have a desire to enhance and diversify their curriculum.

    • Visual Engagement

      Using vibrant, exciting and contemporary visual art to add colour and context, addressing imbalances within a curriculum.

    • Empowering History: Queen Nzinga

      Focusing on an illustration in a CARGO Classroom lesson and our approach to under represented stories.

    • Emancipating History: Dutty Boukman

      As with the Haitian Revolution (1791–1804), we explore how you can take these resources into the classroom and build a lesson around them.

    • Time To Reflect

      A quick look at what we covered this week.

  • Week 3

    Poetic Justice

    • Reviving History: Mary Seacole

      Taking a look at Mary Seacole and how her story offers a wider breadth of subjects to study.

    • Enabling History: Marcus Garvey

      Taking a closer look at poetry as a tool for education.

    • Educators Diary Part 2

      Our educators join CARGO for a bespoke workshop.

    • New Discoveries

      How CARGO Classroom resources fit into the current Curriculum.

    • Time To Reflect

      A look back at what we explored this week.

  • Week 4

    A Classroom Without Walls

    • A Time To Reflect

      Taking a moment to look at what we have seen and what is ahead.

    • Out Of The Box

      Where else CARGO Classroom offers solutions to the challenges being faced in Education.

    • Educators Diary Part 3

      We check back in with our educators and their students! How did they get on with the CARGO resources in their schools?

    • CARGO's Global Reach

      A look at how CARGO resources are being used further afield.

    • Thanks

      What a month!

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on the importance of teaching African and African Diaspora histories
  • Reflect on your own experiences and attitudes regarding African and African Diaspora histories
  • Explore how and where teachers can develop their knowledge of African and African Diaspora histories
  • Identify where CARGO classroom lessons and resources can fit into a History curriculum
  • Apply CARGO Classroom Resources to teach African and African Diaspora histories

Who is the course for?

This course is designed primarily for school-based history teachers, especially those looking to offer a more diverse, representative, and decolonised curriculum.

It will also be of great interest to other practising and trainee teachers, educators, and teacher education providers.

Who will you learn with?

David Rawlings is a Senior Lecturer in Education and the History PGCE Subject Lead (Teacher Training) at the University of Bristol.
His research interests are in coloniality and history education.

Julia Paulson is a Professor of Education, Peace and Conflict at the University of Bristol.

She is the lead researcher for the Education, Justice and Memory Network.

I am a Poet, Educator and Co-Founder of CARGO Movement, a creative collective developing digital heritage resources for schools and the broader public.

Who developed the course?

University of Bristol

University of Bristol is one of the leading institutions among the UK’s Russell Group of universities and is recognised for its research and academic excellence.

CARGO (Charting African Resilience Generating Opportunities)

CARGO Classroom is the brainchild of poet Lawrence Hoo and creative director Chaz Golding, who use bespoke poetry, images, video and interactive content to bring to life the histories of individuals of African and African Diaspora Heritage.

Education, Justice and Memory Network (EdJAM)

Education Justice and Memory Network (EdJAM) is a network of researchers, educators and civil society organisations working in the arts, education and heritage. We are committed to creative ways to teach and learn about the violent past in order to build more just futures. EdJAM is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Global Challenges Research Funding (GCRF) Collective Programme.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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