European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

EU education ministries discuss how to enable safe and inclusive schools

On 25-26 June 2015, officials from education ministries across the European Union met with a number of ILGA-Europe member organisations in Lisbon.

ILGA-Europe was organising the meeting, which was the 3rd annually consecutive. During the Irish and the Greek EU presidencies (Dublin 2013 and Athens 2014), similar meetings explored how policy makers, teachers and NGOs could together address homophobic and transphobic school bullying.

This meeting focused in particular on good practices in Ireland and Malta. Participants also identified and explored two main challenges: From political will to implementation: how to achieve change? And how to address LGBTI issues in schools in conservative environments?

Conjointly the meeting aimed to identify how cooperation between the various actors could be strengthened throughout the year by, for instance, exchanging information on a regular basis, working on joint projects and promoting successful policies initiated across Europe.