October 13, 2009
Irish schools to tackle homophobia
Irish secondary schools have been given a guide to help them support their lesbian, gay and bisexual students after research showed that four out of five teachers witnessed verbal homophobic abuse but did not know how to handle it. Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students in Post-Primary Education: Guidance for Principals and School-Leaders, was published today.
The paper, which was produced by the Department of Education in conjunction with prominent campaigning group GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network), is designed to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. It offers advice for teaching staff including the suggestion to develop a school policy that includes, rather than ignores, LGB students, and warns that more than half of LGBT students have been called abusive names and that one in five have missed school because they were afraid of being bullied.
The Irish Minister for lifelong learning, Sean Haughey, launched the report today, saying that “the 21st century school is one that is safe and supportive of all students, including lesbian, gay and bisexual students. As with all bullying in schools, homophobic bullying is unacceptable and a whole-school approach is required to ensure that lesbian, gay and bisexual students are safe and supported and achieve their full educational and personal potential.”
The report is available in both English and Gaelic.
[via Pink News]
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