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Welcome to the
UNIQUE Project

EqUal iNclusIon of LGBTIQ stUdents in VET

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Aim of the project

Reversing the perceptions and attitudes towards LGBTIQ learners in VET Sector

How to get there

By introducing innovative, inclusive, and gender-sensitive training materials for VET Teachers/Trainers

What the project will accomplish

The partnership will design a modern Training Curriculum for VET Teachers/Trainers after conducting a detailed mapping of the discriminatory norms and patterns met in VET Education

Initiate Change

The partnership will appoint Ambassadors to diffuse the new training strategy through peer learning activities within their VET Providers at European level so as to maximize the impact. The new Curriculum will be piloted in the participating countries to test its efficacy and relevance to the actual needs.

Discrimination

Discrimination against LGBTIQ people is a reality, even in countries where LGBTQI individuals’ civic rights are well established. Despite the progress that has been made and the legal recognition in all OECD countries, LGBTIQ people are still far from being offered equal opportunities in education, work, or healthcare.

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About UNIQUE Project

Discrimination against LGBTIQ people is a reality, even in countries where LGBTQI individuals’ civic rights are well established. Despite the progress that has been made and the legal recognition in all OECD countries, LGBTIQ people are still far from being offered equal opportunities in education, work, or healthcare.

In the VET Sector, classic educational material often replicates traditional gender norms and therefore contributes to the perpetuation of discrimination and stereotypes. VET teachers are not trained or prepared to openly discuss in the classroom issues that are considered “sensitive” and maybe biased themselves.

The UNIQUE project aims at reversing the perceptions and attitudes towards LGBTIQ learners in VET Sector by introducing innovative, inclusive, and gender-sensitive training materials for VET Teachers/Trainers as well as educating them in safeguarding and promoting a non-discriminatory classroom.

In the course of the project, the partnership will design a modern Training Curriculum for VET Teachers/Trainers after conducting a detailed mapping of the discriminatory norms and patterns met in VET Education and will appoint Ambassadors to diffuse the new training strategy through peer learning activities within their VET Providers at European level so as to maximize the impact. The new Curriculum will be piloted in the participating countries to test its efficacy and relevance to the actual needs.  

Our project also focuses on advocating the results at the national, regional, and EU levels in an effort to introduce a pro-LGBTIQ agenda in the social dialogue and initiate policy reform for more inclusive education.

The project started on the 15th of January 2021 and will be completed after two years. The partnership, led by AKMI S.A., is consisted of 9 organizations from Greece, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, and Germany.

Objectives

Objective #1

Provide a renewed skillset to VET teachers in order to integrate LGBTIQ-friendly teaching techniques

Objective #2

Highlight the significance of diversifying manuals and educational materials

Objective #3

Introduce
new training
methods

Objective #4

Reduce school drop-out rates and enhance the performance of LGBTIQ young learners

Objective #5

Provide a clear pathway for LGBTIQ people towards employment, based on equal opportunities

Objective #6

Verify the change of VET teachers’ perceptions and the impact on LGBTIQ learners

Objective #7

Raise awareness on LGBTIQ issues, combat stereotypes and stigmatization

Objective #8

Promote equality, human rights and EU values to local communities

Objective #9

Support local economies with qualified workforce

Activities

Methodological Toolkit

Introduction of a methodological toolkit for modeling non-discriminatory Strategy for VET Education

Joint Curriculum

Development of an innovative Joint Curriculum promoting gender diversity within the VET Sector

"e-Portfolio"

Development of an “e-Portfolio” of gender-centered training materials being delivered via a MOOC platform and adapted to countries’ specific content

Training Material

Pilot-testing of UNIQUE Training Material

Appointment of Ambassadors

Appointment of Ambassadors, trained to act as “role models” who will conduct training to VET Teachers on a greater scale

Policy recommendations

A report with policy recommendations targeting VET institutions in the participating countries

Advocacy sessions

Advocacy sessions for promoting the significance of adopting more inclusive Curricula in the VET Sector

Aims

  • Introduce a “gender-sensitive” approach in order to reduce early school leaving among LGBTIQ students
  • Develop a mechanism that will detect existing discriminatory patterns in the VET sector
  • Design curricula/courses specifically addressed to VET teachers which will challenge discriminatory patterns and will favor gender diversity.
  • Prepare an e-portfolio of relevant educational materials which will be up-to-date, inclusive, and aligned with social reality
  • Introduce Ambassadors to train VET teachers
  • Spread the developed methodologies in the formal VET system

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