Racism and Homophobia in Schools
When issues such as racism and homophobia are left unaddressed they can impact significantly on the positive culture of a school and increase the risk of problems including violence. It is essential that schools provide a clear message to the community that racism and homophobia are not tolerated in schools and that they take decisive action to comprehensively address any issues as they arise.
The department's Inclusive Education policy supports schools in building communities that value, celebrate and respond positively to diversity.
Some of the things that schools can do to address racism and homophobia include:
- Providing positive messages about diversity
- Creating an environment that makes it possible for everyone to contribute
- Actively build connectedness and positive relationships between groups and individuals
- Encouraging involvement in school activities by parents and community members who reflect the diversity of the school
- Assisting students to understand their own identity and belief systems, whilst recognising and valuing the diversity of others
- Supporting students to understand different perspectives so that they can significantly challenge issues of racism and homophobia
- Challenging stereotyped views about people from different backgrounds
- Confronting the negative stereotypes and attitudes that are conveyed through the media and in popular culture
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