Love Makes A Family
EXCITING COMPETITION FOR MAY 2017!
International Family Equality Day (IFED) and International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) will be celebrated in May 2017.
The simple but powerful theme this year will be “Love Makes a Family”.
From the 7th to the 17th May we call on teachers to take action in their classrooms to celebrate the diversity of people and families in Ireland and to address homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools.
- iPad for your class
- Hamper of books for your school
- Lots of runner up prizes!
Who Can Enter?
This competition is open to all primary schools and special schools in the Republic of Ireland.
- Infants to 2nd Class
- 3rd to 6th Class
- Whole School
Tá fáilte faoi leith roimh iarratais ó Ghaelscoileanna agus scoileanna Gaeltachta.
How to get involved?
Competition entries, like our families, can take many forms so you and your students can choose to create individual, class, or school projects based on the theme
‘Love Makes a Family’.
Entries will be judged on creativity, originality and relevance to the inclusive theme of ‘Love Makes a Family’.
Steps to Success!
- Browse the recommended resources below
- Explore the theme ‘Love Makes A Family’ with your class
- Share your learning with others (school/families/wider community)
- Download and complete the entry form (see at the bottom)
- Send the entry form and evidence of your project (photos, videos, mp3, children’s artwork etc) to:
Love Makes a Family Competition,
Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, or
35 Parnell Square,
Entries must arrive before 5pm on May 26th 2017
- ‘Different Families Same Love’ poster and lesson ideas
- All Together Now!
- Lessons based around inclusive picture books
(All available at http://www.into.ie/lgbt/EducationalResources/)
Why Enter This Competition?
Families are at the heart of all our lives. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some families have a mother, some have a father, some have a mother and father, some have two mothers, some have two fathers, some children live with other family members like grandparents or aunts and uncles while some families have no kids (just grown-ups). Some children are born into their family while others are adopted or fostered. Sometimes families live together and sometimes they might live in different places. A family is when people love and take care of each other.
THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY IN IRELAND
Families are central to the formation of children’s identity and are the primary lens through which they view their world. ‘Myself and My Family’ is a core strand unit of the Social, Personal & Health Education (SPHE) Curriculum. It is vitally important for all children to see their families represented in the course of these lessons. It is also essential to create a positive school climate that fosters respect and acceptance of all family structures.
Unfortunately, LGBT young people and children from families with same-sex parents often experience homophobic and transphobic bullying and prejudice in their schools and communities. Addressing different families through age-appropriate discussions and activities can help promote a more respectful environment in your classroom and in your school.
HOW CAN SCHOOLS MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
Teachers can influence attitudes by representing different identities in a positive light through classroom discussions and activities in SPHE as well as in other curricular subjects like English, Art, and Drama. The Anti-Bullying Procedures for Primary Schools and Post-Primary Schools, have also been designed to give direction and guidance to school personnel in preventing and tackling bullying behaviour amongst its students.
When schools are proactive in preventing homophobic and transphobic bullying and strive to make all children and young people feel included, all students have a greater sense of well-being.
HOMOPHOBIC AND TRANSPHOBIC BULLYING
Homophobic and transphobic bullying has been found to be widespread in Irish schools. It affects those who are LGBT, those perceived to be LGBT, those raised in families headed by LGBT parents, those with LGBT friends or relatives, those perceived to be outside the norms that constitute “feminine” and “masculine” behaviour and those that witness the bullying as bystanders.
Research has shown that bullying impacts negatively on a child's learning, their attendance at school, and their mental health and well-being. Experiencing bullying behaviour and minority stress (experiences of stigmatisation, discrimination, social exclusion and harassment) can be attributed to the development of low self-esteem, self-harm and suicidal behaviour.
WHAT CAN TEACHERS DO?
Help to promote the value of diversity, address prejudice and stereotyping, and highlight the unacceptability of bullying.
As teachers and educators, we want to promote an inclusive learning environment – one that empowers students, teachers and staff to celebrate difference and challenge prejudice. By using Different Families Same Love and other LGBT resources, implementing comprehensive anti-bullying policies, and focusing on inclusive language, you can help to safeguard a positive learning environment for all children in your school.