Educate & Celebrate, one of the leading LGBTQI education charities in the UK has partnered up with the team behind the critically acclaimed documentary Are You Proud? to produce vital intersectional resources for LGBTQI inclusion in schools and colleges.
Not only are the resources perfect for embedding diversity and inclusion into the curriculum, they also fulfil new regulations for the teaching of Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) in English schools, an inconceivable landmark moment for those who grew up under Section 28.
However, to be effective, schools and teachers need to be equipped with the correct training which is why Educate & Celebrate, in partnership with Jo Ogogo, managing director of Face Value Training, are delivering free anti-racism and empowering change in education resources.
Using I Hear Voices, a poem by activist and poet PJ Samuels, as a basis, the lesson plans are designed to help 11-18 year olds understand the complex history of our combined struggles for liberation. You can download the free introductory assembly here.
The series of six lessons for key stages three, four and five could be delivered as part of the history, politics or PSHE curriculum or for whole school assemblies and tutorials. These can be accessed when you join as a member.
Dr Elly Barnes, MBE, CEO and founder of Educate & Celebrate, says: “We are currently using the plans with our PRIDE Youth Network and PRIDE in Inclusion schools to politicise young people to ensure they receive an accurate history of the Black, queer and women’s movements. This is helping young people to draw parallels with today’s political climate allowing them to formulate their own responses and campaigns.”
“In 2019, the Are You Proud? documentary was named one of The Guardian’s Top 10 Documentaries Of The Year and has since gone on to be screened around the world.
Director Ashley Joiner says: “Are You Proud? was the film I needed to see when I was growing up under Section 28, and now we have an incredible opportunity to make sure it’s available to every young person in the country. With Pride’s across the country being cancelled due to Covid-19, what better way to show our pride than by supporting the next generation?”
Visit Educate & Celebrate’s website to find out more