The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development is pleased to announce that Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is launching its Second National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Canadian Schools on April 4th, 2019. Schools/students in Newfoundland and Labrador are encouraged to participate in this survey.
Students across the province participated in the first national survey, completed in 2011. You can download a copy of the final report for the 2011 survey at https://egale.ca/every-class/. The results of this initial survey were the catalyst for the collaborative efforts of the department and districts, to ensure that all students, including those with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions, have access to the educational opportunities and supports needed to be successful in school, and in life. Much of this work is available at https://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/safeandcaring/index.html.
In order to further the work of our Safe and Inclusive Schools Initiatives, we would like to encourage as many students as possible, from grades 7-12, to participate in this survey. Youth age 14 and older who are currently in school, recently dropped out of school, or graduated high school in the past year can participate. The data collected will help to identify areas that have improved in our schools since 2011 and to target and mitigate any further barriers to inclusion for all members who identify as LGBTQ in our school communities. The information gathered will help strengthen policies and procedures as we move forward with this very important work.
The link to the 2019 survey is: https://egale.ca/climate-survey/