IGLYO’s report into the impact of homophobic and transphobic bullying, along with numerous other pieces of research, reveal that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people’s experiences of school plays a critical role in their life and development. Schools are particularly problematic for most LGBTQI people and many have to face a daily struggle because of sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or sex characteristics. All forms of discrimination or violence in schools are an obstacle to the fundamental right to quality education and therefore this important topic needs to be addressed.
In order to create a social environment where young LGBTQI people are able to express and define their own sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, it is necessary to include these needs in formal education. Even though many efforts have been made to combat bullying and harassment, and have been widely researched and debated, there is still no European overview of progress on making state schools more inclusive.
IGLYO is aiming to create a European Education Index which would gather data on LGBTQI inclusive laws, policies and practices at a national level. Our goal is to provide a ranking of each CoE country on a range of indicators, including education policies, teacher training and national curricula. This will be a useful advocacy tool to highlight the best practices and policies and to draw attention to what still needs to be achieved.
We realise that this is an ambitious project, and developing indicators which are comparable across all countries will be challenging. This is the reason why we are hoping to create a pool of country leads/experts who will support and advise the work. If you would like to join us in this new exciting project, we would be really happy for you to contribute.
Simply click the following link and give us permission to contact you: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHWP3TK
Although the Index will mainly explore the inclusion policies from CoE countries, if your work is based in other territories, please feel free to still contact us, as your experience in your context will also help us build up a better picture in Europe.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Ruben Avila, Education Research Intern: firstname.lastname@example.org.