IGLYO is looking for 2 motivated and enthusiastic LGBTQ activists to form a task force in order to develop and produce the Teacher’s Guide to LGBTQ-inclusive education!
Background & scope
Aiming to build on our work in the area of education and following the launch of several materials on combatting homophobic and transphobic bullying, we are currently looking to develop a teacher’s guide to ensure inclusive education for all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.
The need for this teacher’s guide is clear. A recent survey by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency showed that 1 in 5 respondents (18%) across the EU reported feeling discriminated against because of being LGBT by school/university personnel. Teachers rarely receive training on handling discussions with students that relate to homophobic and transphobic bullying, and often do not feel comfortable supporting students who are targeted because they are, or are perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.
The teacher’s guide will be a resource that provides a student perspective for teachers in primary and secondary schools across Europe. It will provide practical advice and guidance on how teachers can be more inclusive of all students, building their capacity on the issues affecting LGBTQ students.
In order to ensure a stakeholder approach where teachers and students are included in developing the resource, IGLYO will develop the Teacher’s Guide in cooperation with the European Trade Union Committee on Education (ETUCE), which is the European branch of Education International, an organisation that has direct contact with teachers and schools across Europe as well as worldwide.
The task force will develop the guide, while ETUCE will provide feedback before the final draft is completed. The task force will consist of two members recruited by IGLYO, along with IGLYO’s Board Member responsible for Education & Social Inclusion, George-Konstantinos Charonis, who will coordinate the task force with the support of Jordan Long, Programmes & Policy Officer.
The tentative timeline is available below. Please note that some work will be required over the summer period (July & August). Interested applicants are requested to take this into account.
|First online meeting
Early – mid June
|Review of existing resources
|Second online meeting
Late June/early July
|1st draft of Teacher’s Guide
|2nd draft of Teacher’s Guide
|Final draft, with input from ETUCE
Autumn 2014 (possibly end of October)
For an application to be valid, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be between 18 and 30 years old (must be under 30 as of May 31st 2014)
- Be officially nominated by a Member Organisation of IGLYO
- Submit a complete application form
We are particularly interested in hearing from individuals who:
- Have experience in LGBTQ activism within formal education settings, either as students or teachers/educators
- Have experience in writing reports
- Have good time management skills and are willing to do some work over the summer period
We especially encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.
If you are interested in applying please fill in the online application form available here.
The deadline is 23:59 CET on Friday 6th June 2014.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact George Charonis, IGLYO’s Board Member responsible for education.