YEAR 9, NUMBER 1, 5 february 2016

REGONAL NEWS: EUROPE

EAN brings together EU initiatives against school bullying

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December 10, 2015 - On 8 and 9 December, the European Anti-bullying Network (EAN) held its second meeting and an international conference at the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels. EAN brings together European organizations who are combating school bullying. It was noted that bullying is increasing and that the European Union needs to realize that school bullying cannot be fought adequately under the general policy heading of "anti-violence" policies.

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REGIONAL NEWS: EUROPE

European Parliament wants to promote fundamental values through education

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January 31, 2016 - Yesterday, the members of the European Parliament adopted a report on promoting EU fundamental values through intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education. A great majority (554 for, 147 against) in the European Parliament voted in favor of a report on the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values.

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LOCAL NEWS: NETHERLANDS & ITALY

Dutch and Italian students develop recommendations for lgbti safer schools

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November 20, 2015 - "Create a on every school an alliance on the theme of human rights." That was one of 10 recommendations given by 40 straight and unidentified students from the Netherlands and Italy after for a week of research and consultation on how a school could become LGBTI - friendly.

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GLOBAL NEWS: UNESCO

Omar Didi includes sexual diversity in UNESCO youth policy

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October 28, 2016 - The youth representative of GALE at the UNESCO Youth Forum struggled to include sexual diversity in the final recommendations. It is only a few years ago that UNESCO deemed LGBTI issues an "extremely sensitive issue". This is now slowly changing. Omar Didi did not get all the recommendations he aimed for, but at least one. "At the next youth forum", he says, "we need to go with more LGBTI young people."

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LOCAL NEWS: ICELAND

Icelandic school becomes gender neutral

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January 26, 2016 - An Icelandic elementary school has removed gender signs from its bathrooms in an effort to become “gender neutral”. The school also stopped dividing girls and boys into separated groups in gymnastics. If they need groups, they use the alphabet or other factors. But not the children’s assigned gender. The principal thinks that other schools should do the same, so pupils can be themselves without being forced in to a role.

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