'No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America as much as jazz, which flouted conventions with its syncopated rhythms and improvised instrumental solos.' Photo by Roger Do Minh under Creative Commons licence

'No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America as much as jazz, which flouted conventions with its syncopated rhythms and improvised instrumental solos.' Photo by Roger Do Minh under Creative Commons licence

'No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America as much as jazz, which flouted conventions with its syncopated rhythms and improvised instrumental solos.' Photo by Roger Do Minh under Creative Commons licence

In the early 20th century, mass migration from the US's southern states, and the experience of black soldiers fighting in the First World War, led to a social, cultural, and artistic movement that formed the intellectual centre of debate about the future of African Americans. This Black History Month in the UK, the British Council's Paul Howson explains

John McDowell, an African American soldier in First World War uniform (Photo courtesy of National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri USA)

John McDowell, an African American soldier in First World War uniform (Photo courtesy of National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri USA)

John McDowell, an African American soldier in First World War uniform (Photo courtesy of National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri USA)

On the occasion of Black History Month in the UK, the British Council recalls black soldiers in the First World War. Anne Bostanci, co-author of the report Remember the World as well as the War, highlights how black people from around the world were involved in and affected by the First World War – and some of

'The lessons are an outlet for students to talk freely and openly about politics, life, culture and themselves without any restrictions.' Photo by Flavio Leone on Flickr / CC

'The lessons are an outlet for students to talk freely and openly about politics, life, culture and themselves without any restrictions.' Photo by Flavio Leone on Flickr / CC

'The lessons are an outlet for students to talk freely and openly about politics, life, culture and themselves without any restrictions.' Photo by Flavio Leone on Flickr / CC

What happens when you combine language, culture and politics in the classroom? Melissa Kennedy and Jon Green, teachers on a two-year project aimed at raising the awareness of language, culture and politics of the European Union for 300 young Belarusians, explain.

Ottoman soldiers in 1917 (image courtesy Ottoman Imperial Archives under Creative Commons licence)

Ottoman soldiers in 1917 (image courtesy Ottoman Imperial Archives under Creative Commons licence)

Ottoman soldiers in 1917 (image courtesy Ottoman Imperial Archives under Creative Commons licence)

Turkey would be a different entity today, had it not been for the First World War. Co-author of the British Council report, Remember the World as well as the War, Anne Bostanci, highlights the effects of the war on Turkey and why especially the younger generation 'remembers'.

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

‘In the mountain areas, we have a lack of transportation and infrastructure.’ Photo of Balochistan village by Ahsan under Creative Commons licence.

As we publish a report assessing disability in Pakistan today, the British Council's Dee Lowry hears from Abia Akram and others about what it's like to live as a person with disability* in Pakistan, and examines how the report can shape future policies and discussions.