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Jeane Freeman MSP Backs Calls for Inclusive Education

Published date : 19 Nov 2018

JEANE FREEMAN MSP BACKS PLANS FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

DFM ADDRESSES PARLIAMENT ON FUTURE OF LGBTI EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

Jeane Freeman, MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, has backed proposals to deliver a more inclusive school education by improving the experiences of LGBTI pupils.

Since last year the Scottish Government have been working closely with the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) Campaign to promote an inclusive approach to sex and relationships education, while tackling LGBTI bullying and discrimination in our schools.

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary, John Swinney MSP, on Thursday (8th November) confirmed that the Scottish Government will fully accept the recommendations of a report by the LGBTI Inclusive Education Working Group, to take the TIE pledges forward.

The report has 33 recommendations to improve the learning experience of LGBTI young people in Scotland. A team has been charged with implementing the proposals by the end of the current Parliamentary term.

The Scottish Government have already funded over £983,000 to organisations working to promote LGBTI equality in Scotland during the 2018/19 period.

A cross-party group of MSPs met to celebrate the announcement, wearing rainbow ties in support of Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign.

Commenting, MSP Jeane Freeman said:

“This is a historic milestone our committed drive for equality across Scotland. I am delighted to support work to make sure our young people across Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley receive the inclusive education they deserve.

“During Scotland’s Year of Young People, it is right that this Government sends a strong message of inclusivity, tolerance and respect to younger generations.

“Offensive, out-dated views have no place in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley and the Scottish Government is clear that any form of bullying or discrimination in our society will not be tolerated.

“I am proud that Scotland consistently tops international rankings for performance on LGBTI rights. And I will continue to press the case for equality in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley and throughout Scotland.”

ENDS

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