LGBTI in ed­u­ca­tion move ‘a world-first’

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS - BY KATRINE BUSSEY

Scot­land will be the first coun­try in the world to en­sure its ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem recog­nises the is­sues faced by the LGBTI com­mu­nity, min­is­ters have an­nounced.

Equal­i­ties cam­paign­ers called the move a “mon­u­men­tal vic­tory”, claim­ing the “de­struc­tive le­gacy” of Sec­tion 28, which banned the pro­mo­tion of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, had been ended.

Re­search by the Time for In­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion (Tie) cam­paign group found 90% of LGBTI peo­ple ex­pe­ri­enced ho­mo­pho­bia, bi­pho­bia or trans­pho­bia at school. Co-founder Jor­dan Daly said: “Af­ter three years of cam­paign­ing, we are de­lighted that LGBTI in­clu­sive ed­u­ca­tion will now be­come a re­al­ity in all of Scot­land’s state schools.

“This is a mon­u­men­tal vic­tory for our cam­paign and a his­toric mo­ment for our coun­try.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary John Swin­ney said: “Hu­man rights and the val­ues of re­spect and tol­er­ance are uni­ver­sal.

“Chil­dren and young peo­ple should feel happy, safe, re­spected and in­cluded in their learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, and all staff should be proac­tive in pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships and be­hav­iour in the play­ground, class­room, wider learn­ing com­mu­nity and so­ci­ety.”

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