The European Commission warns that Spanish schools lack plans against discrimination against LGTBIQ+ students
Spain stands out among the countries of Europe for its wide range of measures to promote diversity and inclusion in schools. However, the European Commission has warned that even Strategies and action plans are needed to combat discrimination against LGTBIQ+ students in Spanish schools.
This is reflected in the report «Promoting diversity and inclusion in European educational centers» published by the network Erydice, belonging to the European Commission, the measures taken in this area in the 39 European educational systems are analyzed. The report highlights that Spain It has plans to combat anti-Semitism, promote gender equality, the inclusion of migrant and refugee students, and support students with disabilities, among other aspects.
Among the notable measures is the reservation of at least 7% of vacancies in the public education sector for teachers with disabilities. Furthermore, the use of inclusive, respectful, non-sexist and non-violent language is explicitly established as one of the skills to be acquired at all educational levels.
There is a need to fight against discrimination against LGTBIQ+ students
Spanish law also emphasizes the integration of content related to gender equality and sexual education in the study plans, including the correct use of the Internet to prevent sexual violence. Likewise, the use of digital tools to promote inclusion in schools and the development of courses and teaching materials to eradicate prejudices and stereotypes towards Roma students is highlighted.
Despite the progress, the European Commission warns that still There is a lack of policies aimed at promoting gender equality and preventing discrimination against LGTBIQ+ students.. However, the existence in Spain of several top-level organizations dedicated to addressing discrimination in education stands out, such as the State Observatory for School Coexistence or Forum for the Educational Inclusion of Students with Disabilities.
In summary, Spain is one of the European countries with the most measures to promote diversity and inclusion in schools, but there is still much work to do in the fight against discrimination against LGTBIQ+ students.