The Long Eaton School is participating in a European project called Homo'poly. The project lasts for three years and seeks to promote understanding and acceptance of diversity, especially homosexuality.
Because sustained gender specific inequalities in education and upbringing have been exposed in numerous studies, national and international organisations are looking for approaches to complement their co-educational infrastructure for the specific needs of both genders, to fight discrimination and to promote tolerance towards diversity in life styles in general.
The newest LGBT survey ‘European Union lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender survey’ shows the actuality of the topic. In March 2016 a resolution of the European Parliament was published. This resolution request, from the European Union, sought for equality and against discrimination of LGBTI- people: "In a key report (…) on Gender mainstreaming in the work of the European Parliament, the European Parliament made a strong call to include ‘the rights, perspectives and well-being of LGBTIQ people’ in all gender mainstreaming activities.”
The aim of this project is to make a contribution towards better understanding homosexuality. A comprehensive assessment and a comparative study is to be published, including images related to homosexuality in the participating countries, and the mission, aims and content of gender-appropriate behaviours in schools (for example: the topic of homosexuality in the training of teachers, in curricula and teaching resources for secondary schools) and of complementing non-school initiatives in other educational institutions.
The project intends to make an active contribution towards establishing intercultural dialogue towards gender equality, and, last but not least, acceptance and better understanding of homosexuality.
For further details, please go to the Homo'poly website.