About the Project

The prohibition of discrimination and the protection of human rights are important elements of the EU legal order. Nevertheless, discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) persons persists throughout the EU, taking various forms including verbal abuse and physical violence. Sexual orientation is now recognised in EU law as grounds of discrimination.

However, the scope of the provisions dealing with this issue is limited and does not cover social protection, healthcare, education and access to goods and services. More people also considered discrimination on the basis of gender identity to be widespread; making sexual orientation and gender identity the second and third most commonly indicated grounds for discrimination in the EU The project INCLUSION VOCABULARY – Creating a new Inclusion Vocabulary to foster acceptance of sexual orientation among teachers and students in high schools (2020-1-PTO1-KA201-078604), financed by Erasmus+ programme, want to undertake many actions against discrimination and towards inclusion of LGBTQI+ people, inequalities, hate speech and bullying on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identification still remain an active problem in Europe. Our aim through this project is to make an active and useful contribution to this cause, starting from the educational sector that is the most important in shaping future attitudes, improving and even saving, metaphorically and even literally, young lives.

Objectives & Activities

The main objectives of the project are:

  • To create positive and inclusive environments in schools for all students regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity;
  • To accumulate teaching resources and create lesson plans that teach diversity and respect and include examples of SOGI topics allowing learning to reflect the SOGI diversity in students’ lives, families and society;
  • To extricate any prejudiced or discriminatory words or behaviors from the vocabulary of teachers and students;
  • To train teachers, educators and high school students on how to foster their SOGI inclusive, social and communication skills through digital technology (videos, dedicated platform, website);
  • To provide parents of students who identify themselves as LGBTQI+ with digital resources for communicating with their children in a respectful and accepting manner;
  • To sensitize and make teachers more receptive on those issues, not only towards their students but also towards colleagues and other members of society who identify as LGBTQI+.

In order to reach these objectives, the following Intellectual Outputs (IO) will be developed:

The a new vocabulary Handbook (IO1) that addresses one of the most important problems of the LGBTQI+ community of middle and high school students. The New Vocabulary Handbook will be a dictionary-like document which will contain a complete list of inclusive and accepting terminology regarding sexual orientation and gender identity topics. The handbook will also come with examples of these terms in an everyday context, pedagogical advice regarding LGBTQI+ students, interviews from experts on the subject and, most importantly, good and bad practices. The handbook is targeted at school educators who seek to break this taboo in their respective countries, embrace all students regardless of sexual orientation and give to discriminated ones a sense of inclusion and security within the school environment.

New Vocabulary training course for teachers (IO2) – a complete training course for middle and high school teachers who wish to implement the project’s ideas into their teaching life. The training will introduce teachers to the structure, parts, contents, proper use and implementation of using an inclusive vocabulary inside the class for students belonging to LGBTQI+ groups. Furthermore, the training will concentrate on specialised pedagogical methods for inclusion of diversity students, how to deal with bullying and methods of prevention of discrimination and hatred, good practices from schools and other countries will all be part of the course curriculum.

New Vocabulary Video stories (IO3) After a training for teachers regarding the principles of filmmaking (C1), there will be formed 4 teams of 5 students each in each one of the 5 participating schools. Each team will be assigned a supervising teacher, and therefore we’ll have a total of 100 students and 20 teachers participating. Each team will create a short video revolving around linguistic discrimination and (cyber)bullying towards LGBTQI+ students, addressing a specific issue and recommending solutions steaming from the handbook. All the videos will be uploaded to a specially designed online platform where viewers will be able to rate, comment and share these videos. The platform will also host information and news about the project along with the New Vocabulary Handbook itself and will be host also online communities for parents, teachers and students.

Results

The Inclusion Vocabulary project will achieve the planned objectives and results through different activities:

The a new vocabulary Handbook that will be created thanks to a preliminary reaserch conducted in all country partners, thank to two actions: 1. Questionnaires to students, teachers and parents; 2. Interview with relevant local stakeholder. Thank to the results, the Consortium of the project will create a comparative report that will collect all the national information. Once, designed and created the structure of the handbook, it will be developed, translated in every language, in order to allow each partner to conduct a pilot of it.

New Vocabulary training course for teachers (IO2) will be developed mainly for teachers, in order to promote the use of an innovative vocabulary. Thank to the previous researches (IO1), the Consortium will establish and develop the content, that later will be translated. A pilot will be conducted, in order to understand what and in which way we can improve our work, if necessary.

New Vocabulary Video stories (IO3). This third and last output foresees a training on storytelling and videomaking, in order to train students and teachers from every national school participating to the project. This will be useful for the creation of several teams at school that will work on video making to create their own videos (with the aim of the project).

 

Resources

News

The Handbook is online

The Handbook is online

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