Archive: GALE

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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EAN partnership starts European project to develop anti-bullying certification - January 22, 2018

22 January 2018 - This month, an international partnership of EAN members started a European project to develop a European certification of secondary schools on the topic of anti-bullying. The goal is to develop a procedure and instruments schools can use to reflect on the quality of their anti-bullying policy and to improve it. The project also aims to stimulate the introduction of national and European mechanisms to set quality guidelines for anti-bullying policies in schools.
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GALE publishes first overview of LGBTI education in Europe - December 24, 2017

24 December 2017 - Today GALE published the first full overview of how European States implement the right to education for LGBTI (DESPOGI) students. About one third of the States (15) were rated as "supportive", as many were rated as "ambiguous" and slightly more (17) were scored as "denying". Peter Dankmeijer, author of the report and director of GALE comments: "It is good to see significant progress in a number of States. It shows strategic action with cooperation between NGOs, the education sector and the government works: schools can change. But the report also shows a lot remains to be done."
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GALE proposes adapted definition of bullying - October 01, 2017

1 October 2017 - During the annual conference of the European Anti-bullying Network (EAN), Peter Dankmeijer, director of GALE, proposed a reviewed version of the internationally accepted definition of bullying. Dankmeijer feels that the current definition does not reflect the realities of discriminatory bullying like homophobic and transphobic which are endemic is schools. Rather than focusing just on small scale interactions between a few individual students, bullying should also take larger social and cultural influences into account.
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GALE and LGBT Christians want cooperation with religious schools - May 27, 2017

27 May 2017 - GALE attended the annual conference of the European Forum of LGBT Christians in Gdansk (Poland) and facilitated a workshop on cooperation with religious schools. The differences in Europe turned out to great to agree on a joint strategy or project. Still, the workshop was one further step in creating European cooperation.
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GALE publishes strategic guide for NGOs - May 17, 2017

17 May 2017 - To celebrate IDAHO, GALE today published the new strategic guide for NGOs on how to engage with education and education systems. The key message of the guide is to create a cooperation between NGOs, the government and the education field itself. Because countries are in very different situations, the guide offers a rough situation analysis and broad suggestions for denying, ambiguous and supportive contexts.
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GALE protests against UNESCO youth forum in Saudi-Arabia - April 14, 2017

14 april 2017 - GALE has filed a protest at the NGO Liaison Committee of UNESCO for organizing a thematic forum on youth in Saudi Arabia. Recently, Saudi Arabian men were convicted to 450 lashes for "promoting the vice and practice of homosexuality". GALE says the choice of the UNESCO Committee for Riyadh as a location for a human right conference will silence a large proportion of the world youth population.
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Two candidates elected for GALE Committee - April 09, 2017

9 april 2017 - Two of the nine candidates for the GALE Advisory Committee have been elected: Aditya Bondyopadhyay (India) and Eben Díaz (Nicaragua). The other candidates got less then 10 votes, which was the minimum set for election.
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