World International Affairs Scotland is set to become the first country in the world to include the teaching of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) rights in its school curricula. Ministers embraced all the 33 recommendations put forward by a working group led by the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign, meaning primary and secondary state schools will now be required to teach pupils about the history of LGBTI movements. A study carried out for TEI in 2016 found the rate of attempted suicide among LGBTI people in Scotland stood at 27 percent. Nine in 10 LGBTI Scots had admitted experiencing homophobia, transphobia or biphobia at school. Being bullied was a key factor in prompting some to attempt suicide. “Scotland is already considered one of the most progressive countries in Europe for LGBTI equality,” deputy first minister John Swinney was quoted as saying by The Guardian. “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.”… Read full this story
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