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GALE presents international toolkit to work with schools on sexual diversity

On the occasion of the celebration of IDAHO during a panel discussion with UNESCO officials, GALE presented the first version of her international toolkit on working with schools.

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20th May 2011 12:29

Alessia Valenza

The toolkit contains 12 tools for school consultants, principals, teachers, students and parents which help to integrate adequate attention of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender topics in curricula and school policies. The toolkit is called 1.0, because GALE intends to continuously update it with improved and new tools.

The introduction of LGBT issues in schools is not the most obvious theme for schools. In most schools, sexuality in general and LGBT issues specifically are taboo and in many cases even forbidden. This kit aims to provide tools to help schools, school support institutions and LGBT activist organizations to deal with this subject.

Project implementation tools

Activist organizations are looking for ways on how to access schools. Because school systems differ considerably across countries, the strategies also vary considerably. In some countries, the focus should be directly on schools themselves, on others, a national advocacy campaign to get access or to change the nuclear objectives or curriculum may be a more effective strategy. This section of the toolkit offers a range of tools on how to start a strategy or a concrete project.

Tools for managers and authorities

It is often most useful to work closely with the stakeholders who have real power to change the school environment. These are often (but not always) the school (location) managers or principals. In other cases local school authorities have governing power. This section offers tools to convince such stakeholder of the need for change and guidelines on how to do it.

Tools for staff

Teachers and other non-teaching staff have direct contact with students and they can have the most profound effect on the creation of a sustainable safe and inspiring learning environment. This section provides tools for them and for teacher trainers.

Tools for students

In lessons, teachers may need materials for students to hand out. This section provides some model texts which can be edited for use by teachers.

Students may also want to take action themselves. For example, they can start a gay/straight alliance (GSA) or they can plan short actions in the school. This section provides suggestions for student action and participation.

Tools for parents

The extent to which parents are involved with schools can vary very much. Most experts agree it is important to involve parents in what goes on in the schools, or at least elicit their support for what happens in the schools. This section offers information for parents and tools to involve parents in LGBT related issues in schools.

Download here the Toolkit Working with Schools 1.0 (PDF version), or the editable Word version