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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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Pronouns day initiative asks support - June 03, 2018

3 June 2018 - An international volunteer group has taken the initiative to launch “Pronouns Day”. 17 October will be dedicated to action to be clear, educative and sensitive about how we use pronouns. Using self-chosen names and pronouns is a basic right. But we may inadvertently hurt someone when we use only “he” or “she”. Pronouns Days will help to educate people and generate ideas on how to be welcoming to each other.
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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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