Scotland has become the first country in the world to have included LGBTQ+ inclusiveness in school curriculum. The Government of Scotland has stated that all the public schools by 2021 will receive lessons on the issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
The syllabus will include the topics of same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and the HIV and AIDS epidemic. The Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary John Swinney said that Scotland is already considered as the most progressive country in Europe for LGBT equality.
He said, “I am delighted to announce we will be the first country in the world to have LGBT inclusive education embedded within the curriculum.” He also mentioned that the Ministers accepted the recommendations in full to deliver LGBTQ+ inclusive education to improve children’s understanding of the LGBTQ+ history.
This inclusion in the education syllabus will be a life-changing teaching for the younger generation and it will also show the support and power for the new legislation. Voices and opinions from the government mentioned that it is essential for the government to invest in the public environment where the children can be themselves without fearing to express who they are based on their sexuality.
The change in the teaching method will start from September 2020. The secondary school across the country will be required to teach the secondary school about sexual orientation and gender identity and the primary schools will teach about the LGBTQ families.