Scotland school districts are implementing curriculums that center on the LGBTI community. The new curriculum is a part of a plan to educate school children of all ages on the issues that other diverse groups of people face. Students will learn things like “LGBTI terminology and identities; tackling homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia; prejudice in relation to the LGBTI community; and promoting awareness of the history of LGBTI equalities and movements.”
“Our education system must support everyone to reach their full potential,”Deputy First Minister John Swinney said. “That is why it is vital the curriculum is as diverse as the young people who learn in our schools.” Swinney told parliament on Thursday.
Scotland will be the first country in the world to teach lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex rights in school. Despite it being made illegal to promote homosexuality 18 years ago, Scotland is ranked as one of the best countries in Europe when it comes to the treatment of the LGBTI community.
The decision comes after a campaign called Time for Inclusive Education, a campaign that offered suggestions to the Scottish government on behalf of the campaign’s working group. Swinney believes the decision will send a positive message to many people.
There will be options to opt-out of the new curriculum.