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  1. Examples of policies and emerging practices for supporting transgender students

    The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education compiled the attached examples of policies and emerging practices that some schools are already using to support transgender students. We share some common questions on topics such as school records, privacy, and terminology, and then explain how some state and school district policies have answered these questions. We present this information to illustrate how states and school districts are supporting transgender students. …

  2. Out in the open. Education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression

    No country can achieve inclusive and equitable quality education if its own students are discriminated against or experience violence based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity - a type of violence often referred to as homophobic and transphobic violence and which is found prevalent in all educational settings in many countries. …

  3. Call for Action by Ministers: Inclusive and equitable Education for All learners in an environment free from discrimination and violence

    The Call for Action by Ministers, the first of its kind on homophobic and transphobic violence in education, was issued on the final day of the 17-18 May 2016 UNESCO event. The purpose of the meeting, was to raise political momentum for a meaningful agreement to tackle this violence in educational settings. It drew together Ministers and representatives from government, civil society, UN agencies and other multi-lateral agencies.

  4. Educación sexual en la escuela como base para la equidad social y de género. Línea base sobre la educación sexual y VBG en las escuelas del sector público

    Este informe corresponde a la “Consultoría para el Levantamiento de información sobre programas de prevención en violencia basada en género y educación sexual en las escuelas”, el cual forma parte del “Levantamiento de líneas de base para el Programa de País 2012‐2016 2”; con el objetivo de establecer la situación inicial (ex antes) del Programa de País del Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas (UNFPA), que permitan monitorear y evaluar los avances de las distintas variables durante la ejecución de los proyectos. …

  5. LGBT bullying in Cambodia’s schools

    This research report is the outcome of nation-wide research on the bullying faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people during their attendance at school in Cambodia, and its long-term effects. The report presents the findings of the nation-wide survey, focus group discussions (FGDs), interviews, and from desk research comprising studies from around the world, and also offers recommendations on how to systematically address the issue of bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression (SOGIE) in the Cambodian education system. …

  6. A Commonwealth toolkit for policy progress on LGBT rights

    The report explores a range of policies which advance and protect the rights of LGBT citizens. The report is structured to group policies together depending on whether they were made by legislative, judicial or executive branches of government. Finally, this paper examines the three countries in the Commonwealth which specifically and positively acknowledge sexual orientation or gender identity in their Constitutions.

  7. Safe space kit: A guide to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students in your school

    The Safe Space Kit is designed to help educators create a safe space for LGBT students. One of the most effective ways for an educator to create a safe space is to be a supportive ally to LGBT students. The guide is designed for school staff who wish to support LGBT students and create a safe space for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

  8. Tackling homophobic language

    The use of homophobic language has a negative impact on gay young people, making them feel less happy at school and less likely to reach their full potential. In the worst cases, homophobic language impacts on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. This guide provides teachers and school leaders with straightforward practical ways to prevent and tackle homophobic language. …

  9. Stand up for us: Challenging homophobia in schools

    Stand up for us aims to help schools challenge and respond to homophobia in the context of developing an inclusive, safer and more successful school environment for all. The issues and practical approaches outlined in this resource apply equally to early years settings, primary, secondary and special schools, off-site units and pupil referral units. It is intended for anyone who works in these settings.

  10. Fostering a global dialogue about LGBT youth and schools. Proceedings from a meeting of the Global Network Combating Homophobic and Transphobic Prejudice and Violence in Schools

    This report documents a GLSEN and UNESCO sponsored meeting p to strategize about how to coordinate our collective resources and knowledge to reduce homophobic and transphobic prejudice and violence in schools globally.

  11. Teacher's guide to inclusive education

    The IGLYO Teacher’s Guide to Inclusive Education is a resource specifically aimed at teachers in primary and secondary schools across Europe. The Guide provides practical advice for teachers so that they can be more inclusive of all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression through a human rights-based approach.

  12. Guidelines for inclusive education: sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression

    Evidence from IGLYO’s members as well as research from various countries worldwide has shown a continued need for school systems to implement inclusive policies and activities across Europe. School bullying based on real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression – referred to as homophobic and transphobic bullying - constitutes a violation of the human right to education. …

  13. Creating safe space for GLBTQ youth: a toolkit

    The goal of this toolkit is to enable staff of mainstream youth-serving organizations to create a safe and welcoming environment for GLBTQ youth by directly addressing homophobia and transphobia among staff and youth. …

  14. Challenging homophobic bullying in schools

    This guide explains what homophobic bullying is and what teachers, parents and learners can do to make schools safer for all learners. It provides clear and simple steps that teachers and learners can take in challenging homophobic bullying in schools. Reducing violence and homophobic bullying in schools is not only possible but benefits all learners, teachers and the school community as a whole. The basis for this booklet is the understanding that every child in every school has the right to learn free from the fear of bullying regardless of what form that bullying takes.

  15. Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying for disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs: a guide for school staff

    A recent report from NatCen found that schools lack confidence in dealing with homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, are unsure how to address it and feel under-resourced. Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) and Education Action Challenging Homophobia (EACH) are working closely together with schools in urban and rural areas across the West of England: building their capacity to challenge and prevent homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. …

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