Breaking The Walls of Silence Conference, Slovenia

LGBT Youth Scotland has partnered up with Legebitra, Slovenia and KPH, Poland for the Breaking the Walls of Silence project.

This project aims to build on the positive work already carried out and develop  best practices when working with teachers to strengthen anti-homophobia work in Slovenia and Poland.  In return, Scotland will develop work with colleges and universities, closely mentored by our partners with the aim of reaching out to students and student groups.

Both Legebitra and KPH will be delivering research and training with teachers in their respective countries.

Breaking the Walls of Silence is dedicated to promoting understanding and addressing problems within the school staff sphere and to bringing about the societal change within educational systems. It acknowledges differences between various Member States, and creates space for stakeholders and practitioners to share their experiences and learn from each other.

Main aims:

  • To explore current situations and trends regarding homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in education / schools in the EU countries,
  • to provide a platform for key individuals to meet and facilitate sharing of experience, knowledge, strategies and materials on how to best support teachers / NGOs attempting to open up the topic within a school environment,
  • to get insight of good practice in preventing homophobia and including LGBT issues in teaching at both classroom and institutional levels and
  • to conclude the Breaking the Walls of Silence project, present and disseminate the results, challenges, effects and its local and national influence.

Confirmed guest speakers include:

  • Annachiara Cerri - Council of Europe / Head of the LGBT Issues Unit / Directorate of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination
  • Christophe Cornu - UNESCO / Section of HIV and Health Education (HIV) / Division of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (PSD)
  • Manou de Nennie - Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
  • Phil Prendergast - European Parliament / LGBT Intergroup
  • Gabi Caleja - ILGA-Europe
  • Maureen Mallon - Education Scotland
  • Judit Takacs - Institute of Sociology, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Marzanna Pogorzelska - Opole University

Mr. Borut Pahor, the president of the Republic of Slovenia 
will officially address the conference with a welcome speech.