Scotland will become the first country in the world to have inclusive education embedded in its curriculum
Scotland will become the first country in the world to have LGBTI inclusive education embedded in the curriculum.
All state schools will be supported to teach LGBTI equality and inclusion across different age groups and subjects, grouped under various themes, following a long campaign by rights activists.
The curriculum will include teaching of LGBTI terminology and identities, tackling homophobia and prejudice, and the history of the equalities movement.
Jordan Daly, co-founder of the TIE Campaign, said a monumental victory had been secured following three years of campaigning.
He said: “The implementation of LGBTI inclusive education across all state schools is a world first, and in a time of global uncertainty, this sends a strong and clear message to LGBTI young people that they are valued here in Scotland.
“Eighteen years from the repeal of Section 28, we can finally put its destructive legacy to bed.
“Education is one of the most vital tools we have to tackle bullying, prejudice and discrimination - and it shapes the fabric of our society. We now look forward to continuing our work with the Scottish Government as we progress towards full implementation."
Deputy First Minister John Swinney revealed all 33 recommendations by the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group, created to improve the learning experience for LGBTI young people, have been accepted in full by the Scottish Government. Work to implement the recommendations will start immediately.
He said: “Scotland is already considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBTI equality. I am delighted to announce we will be the first country in the world to have LGBTI inclusive education embedded within the curriculum.
“Our education system must support everyone to reach their full potential. That is why it is vital the curriculum is as diverse as the young people who learn in our schools.
“The recommendations I have accepted will not only improve the learning experience of our LGBTI young people, they will also support all learners to celebrate their differences, promote understanding and encourage inclusion.”