Human Rights Day Resources for teachers

Human Rights Day takes place every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! 

Today, there are concerns about human rights violations across the globe. This is especially true for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who often face discrimination and harassment within their communities and in some countries there is legislation that directly discriminates against them. 

Whilst the legislative framework in Scotland is largely supportive, there is still much to do to reduce prejudice based views towards LGBT people. In particular, LGBT young people regularly articulate being bullied and harassed within school environments. LGBT Youth Scotland’s ‘Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People’ reports tell us that LGBT young people in Scotland can face a particularly challenging time. The reports asked LGBT young people about their experiences of education and found that that: 

  • 69.1% of all LGBT respondents had experienced homophobic or biphobic bullying in school
  • Transgender young people faced an even harder time: 76.9% of transgender respondents had experienced homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying in school
  • Less than half of the respondents would feel confident reporting homophobic, biphobic or transphobic bullying in schools.
  • More than half of those who had experienced homophobic and biphobic bullying believed that it had negatively impacted on their education
  • 10% of all LGBT young people had left education as a result of homophobia, biphobia or transphobia within the educational establishment.
  • 14.3% all LGBT young people had left education as a result of their direct experience of homophobic or biphobic bullying rising to 42.3% for those who had experienced transphobic bullying.
  • 32.5% of those who had experienced homophobic or biphobic bullying in education felt that discrimination had negatively affected their employment opportunities.

All children and young people having the right to be free from discrimination and the right to be protected from harm and all types of violence. Human Rights Day is a great opportunity to reaffirm your schools commitments to recognising the rights of all children and young people, including your LGBT students.  

For more information about children’s right and LGBT Youth Scotland’s work on forwarding children’s right in Scotland, click here. 

If you are working with a young person looking for information or support (or you are a young person yourself), find out about our local youth groups here and our online digital youth work service here. Our advice section or resources for LGBT young people section might also be useful. 


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Secondary Teacher Notes
UNCRC articles for young people 

Interested in improving LGBT inclusion in your school? Find out more about LGBT Youth Scotland’s LGBT Schools Charter here.