Thursday brought joyous news for Scottish youth and parents. By May 2021, history curriculum in Scotland will include LGBTQ history. The LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group submitted 33 recommendations for a curriculum that including gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex history for all age groups, according to NBC News.
This implementation will make Scotland the first country in the world to teach this kind of curriculum, according to Scotland Deputy First Minister John Swinney. The curriculum will include lessons about terminology, how to combat homophobia and transphobia, history of prejudice experienced by queer people and the history of queer movement for equality, according to the government’s statement.
“Scotland is already considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBTI equality,” Swinney said. “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.”
Time for Inclusive Education co-founder Jordan Daly said the campaign was pleased with the result after three years of work. “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,” Daly said in a statement.
The working group — which brought together people from LGBT Youth Scotland, The TIE Campaign, COSLA, Education Scotland, Educational Institute of Scotland, Equality and Human Rights Commission, National Parent Forum of Scotland, respectme, School Leaders Scotland, Scottish Catholic Education Service, Scottish Trans Alliance, and Stonewall Scotland — began in April 2017.
Daly said education is critical for queer and straight youth. “Education is one of the most vital tools we have to tackle bullying, prejudice and discrimination – and it shapes the fabric of our society,” Daly said.
LGBT Youth Scotland CEO Fergus McMillan said the organization “warmly welcomes” the working group’s recommendations. “The group has worked hard to reflect the needs and experiences of LGBTI learners in Scottish schools,” McMillan said in a statement. “The recommendations and their implementation is an excellent opportunity for Scotland to build on emerging good practice, to ensure that Scotland is the best place for LGBTI young people to grow up and reach their full potential.”
More to come …