Archive: GALE

Greek conference on homophobic bullying great success - September 27, 2019

27 September 2019 - With over 100 participants and an equal number of people following the HOMBAT conference on homophobic and transphobic bullying online, the event was a great success. The conference “Combatting HT bullying is schools” was the final event of the HOMBAT project, which trained over 600 teachers and school counselors in Greece, Cyprus and Lithuania. The trainers were trained and coached by GALE.
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First newsletter on LGBTI diversity in vocational education - September 12, 2019

12 September 2019 - Today, the SENSE-partnership published the first newsletter on how to integrate LGBTI issues in vocational training institutions. In education about LGBTI issues, vocational training is often neglected because it is often regarded as “technical”. However, in most jobs, soft skills like client or customer friendliness and being flexible and mindful are key 21st century skills everybody needs. In the My-ID method, which is being developed by the SENSE=-partnership, sensitivity for LGBTI issues is linked with such “deep diversity” skills.
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GALE inquires for cooperation or merge - August 07, 2019

7 August 2019 - GALE has send inquiries to 6 potential partners to closely cooperate with or merge the GALE key activities. In the past years, the backbone donors of GALE have withdrawn due to budgetary reasons or because they do not support mainstreaming LGBTI issues in the education system anymore. This threatens the financial stability of GALE. If GALE wants to sustain her activities, a choice has to be made to merge with a larger global organization or to fall back on only volunteer activities.
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Summer school on prosociality discusses risks of being social - July 21, 2019

21 July 2019 - Last week, participants in the international summer school on prosociality in Città di Castello, Italy, discussed the limits of being “prosocial” in world that quickly seems to become more selfish and ruthless. It became clear the concept of “prosociality” is not jus an unproblematic ambition of teaching students to be nice to each other. True prosociality includes being free to be yourself, free to make choices even when the majority does not like it and being free from discrimination. This makes prosociality a politically sensitive topic, especially in countries where dictators and right-wing populists are actively using the argument of religious freedom to establish fundamentalist and totalitarian control of society.
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Tryouts kick off to certify schools on their antibullying policy - April 02, 2019

2 April 2019 - In the next two months, pilots will take place in 8 high schools in 5 European countries to certify the quality of a school’s antibullying policy. The Antibullying Certification method is an initiative of the European Antibullying Network (EAN), and the development is lead by GALE. It is being developed by partners from across Europe thanks to Erasmus+ funding of the European Union. The intention is to make the certification inclusive for a range of diversities, including LGBTI.
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GALE is partner European project ALICE on prosociality - November 11, 2018

15 October 2018 - GALE partners in a new European project on prosociality. “Prosociality” is a rather new concept which may help to explain how social behavior works and make interventions more effective. The project started earlier this year and will end in October 2019. It should result in a manual for work in secondary schools and a European network of schools working on prosociality.
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Schools need quality label for antibullying strategy - September 28, 2018

28 September 2018 - After a week of intensive discussion in Palermo, 60 students, teachers and experts concluded that it is time to develop quality standards for antibullying policies in schools. At average, about 19% of students are bullied in some way and almost 9% are frequently bullied. But in the worst countries, up to 30% encounter any form of bullying and 17% are frequently bullied. Minorities often experience higher levels of bulling. All schools want to fight bullying, but not all schools know how to do it effectively.
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GALE asks members for feedback on strategic plan - July 12, 2018

12 July 2018 - GALE asks its members for feedback on the new draft strategic plan for 2018-2022. The key priority of the strategy is to map the situation of students in countries, to make policy recommendations and to stimulate and support cooperation between NGOs, schools and the government for structural improvement. Secondary goals are to collects and disseminate good practices and to develop key methods to facilitate change in schools. The new plan is presented in a period of little funding. This makes it difficult to plan activities. Therefore, the plan offers three scenarios for concrete implementation. One scenario is for a context with no funding, one for low funding and the third for adequate funding. The strategic plan can be downloaded here. Members who want to comment, can do this on the open forum page strategy discussion.
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GALE evaluates data protection policy - July 07, 2018

7 July 2018 - The GALE Supervisory Council has discussed the data protection policy of our organization. The Council urged the director to take additional measures to educate the members about the risks. The recommendation followed a thorough discussion about the need to collect information about sexual orientation and gender identity and the clear risks involved for the members. Should GALE take full responsibility for these risks?
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Discussion about need to certificate schools on their level of LGBTI safety - May 05, 2018

5 May 2018 - On 18 May, GALE organizes a panel discussion about the development of a quality label for LGBTI friendly schools in Amsterdam. The panel will discuss whether a certificate or certification is a useful instrument. And if it is useful, what should it look like? Download the invitation here.
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