Lighthouse at the Isle of Wight, near which the SS Mendi sank. Photo: Neil Howard under Creative Commons licence.

Lighthouse at the Isle of Wight, near which the SS Mendi sank. Photo: Neil Howard under Creative Commons licence.

Lighthouse at the Isle of Wight, near which the SS Mendi sank. Photo: Neil Howard under Creative Commons licence.

During the First World War, a ship sank off the Isle of Wight, killing more than 600 South African passengers. The sinking of the SS Mendi is one of the worst maritime disasters in UK waters of the 20th century, yet few in the UK have heard of it. This Black History Month, Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey

'Almost 1.5 million Muslim, Sikh and Hindu men volunteered in the Indian Expeditionary Force, which saw fighting on the Western Front, in East Africa, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Gallipoli'. Photo of members of a Waziri Khasadar, India 1917-19 courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.

'Almost 1.5 million Muslim, Sikh and Hindu men volunteered in the Indian Expeditionary Force, which saw fighting on the Western Front, in East Africa, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Gallipoli'. Photo of members of a Waziri Khasadar, India 1917-19 courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.

'Almost 1.5 million Muslim, Sikh and Hindu men volunteered in the Indian Expeditionary Force, which saw fighting on the Western Front, in East Africa, Mesopotamia, Egypt and Gallipoli'. Photo of members of a Waziri Khasadar, India 1917-19 courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.

The First World War had lasting consequences that extended far beyond Europe. It set in motion forces that developed into India's independence movement. Anne Bostanci, co-author of the British Council report, Remember the World as well as the War, ponders a promising emerging shift in the UK’s discussions about the First World War.

'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.