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A UK human rights and equality watchdog has appealed to the British prime minister to tackle the importance and benefits of immigration in schools.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), a public body that functions independently from the government, promotes equality and implements anti-discrimination laws across the United Kingdom. Following the release of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Race Disparity Audit for 2016, the commission has appealed to include subjects about immigration in the national curriculum.
The audit was instigated by the prime minister to battle racial discrimination. It revealed that different ethnic groups were experiencing unequal treatment in the United Kingdom. For instance, the audit showed that the employment rate among people of color was lower than the White people. The audit also found that those from some ethnic groups received slightly lower hourly pay compared to White employees during the last quarter of 2016.
The government published the audit along with some plans to solve racial injustice in the region. However, the commission thinks that the proposed projects are insufficient, as the government should also integrate equality and human rights into the curriculum.
EHRC Chairman David Isaac said that students should be taught about the history of immigration in the United Kingdom and how it helped shape the country. He believes that these subjects would help fight prejudice and impart shared values to students. By educating students against discrimination, he hopes that they will be able to fulfill their roles more effectively in a democratic society.