Getting comprehensive LGBTQIA+ education into schools has been a dream for the gay rights movement since its origins. Scotland has become the first country to open that door after announcing they will implement inclusive, LGBTQIA+ education as part of their curriculum, reports Daily Record.
The organisation Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) has campaigned the Scottish government and along with the aid of leading teacher unions the group have managed to successfully make headway to see LGBTQIA+ education in high schools.
Children’s Minister Clare Haughey said, “I am proud to say that Scotland is leading the way as the first country in the world to embed LGBT inclusive education right across the curriculum.”
According to Daily Record, part of the resources available are a new website, e-learning courses and educational tools that were co-developed with the input of LGBTQIA+ organisations such as TIE along with parents, teachers and students.
This move by the Scottish government is a global first and has been praised by leading teacher unions and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
“We welcome the roll-out of LGBT inclusive education across the school curriculum,” says Margaret Wilson from the National Parent Forum of Scotland.
A representative from the Equality and Human Rights Commission released a statement saying, “LGBT inclusive education is essential if we are to ensure that all pupils and staff are able to reach their full potential, and can help schools in Scotland meet the legal duty to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people from protected groups”.
Some may say it is a shock that Scotland is the first country ever to introduce this type of education into their national curriculum, but it is a positive step forwards that was created with the intention of making school a safer space for all children. As a human right, education should always be inclusive and accessible.