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Rainbow Youth Ministry of Education Research Report Launch

in AUSTRALIA, 26/10/2013

One of the major strengths of Rainbow Youth is its sexuality and gender diversity education workshops presented throughout Auckland secondary schools since the 1990s. In partnership with the Ministry of Education, Rainbow Youth have commissioned research titled ‘Educating for Diversity’ that seeks to investigate the outcomes of these workshops.

Rainbow Youth’s sexuality and gender diversity workshops are headed by our Education Coordinator Kestin Stewart, and incorporate a mix of factual discussions around queer and trans* terms, discrimination and bullying as well as personal stories shared by volunteers from Rainbow Youth members.

In recognition of the particular vulnerabilities of sexuality and/or gender diverse young people with regard to bullying, the report focuses on evaluating how these workshops may contribute to developing positive behaviours.

Over 200 students from two secondary schools in Auckland participated in this study. The findings of this study suggest that Rainbow Youth’s workshops were of a high quality, and resulted in significant post-workshop improvements in attitudes for participating students. The authors call for further research and development in order to expand the delivery of the workshops, and add further components.

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