Posted on Monday, October 15, 2018
SENSITISING SCHOOL STUDENTS
Our school has been working for the LGBTQ community rights since 2013. We have a group of students who organise discussions and rallies to make others aware about the community. The recent ruling on Section 377 is just the beginning, and I think it is very important to sensitise the teachers, who can teach students about the sexual orientations. Transgender community has been highly regarded in our epics like Mahabharata and it is high time that we talk to our students about it as soon as they
turn 13 or 14. Schools should be made safe space for LGBTQ community. More and more public discussions and seminars should be held in schools.
AYESHA VIJ,PROJECT DIRECTOR, TAGORE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, NEW DELHI
ACCEPTANCE ON CAMPUSES
It is an important judgement as it touches wide range of issues. People are now openly conducting discussions on rights of LGBTQ. The ruling will make campuses more open to discussion and there will be acceptance among the students. Educational institutes should now be open to discuss sexual orientation and sexuality. We should sensitise students on gender and human right studies.
MALLARIKA SINHA ROY, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, CENTRE FOR WOMEN STUDIES, JNU
MINDSET MUST CHANGE
Being a member of LGBTQ awareness group in IIT Kharagpur since 2015, I been working to change the mindset of the people about the community and their rights.
Educational institutes who wanto see the change and allow acceptance have been working for the LGBTQ community even before the ruling. However, in schools, hardly
anything related to sex education is taught and teachers shy away from this topic. Discourse on gender sensitivity and acceptance is the need of the hour.
VIBHU NARAYAN,FOURTH YEAR STUDENT, IIT KHARAGPUR
AWARENESS IS IMPORTANT
I have talked about the LGBTQ community in various schools for a long time and my observation is that a majority of millennials do not know much about the queer community and what Section 377 talks about. The first reform that we need in our education system is to spread awareness about the LGBTQ community. Secondly, it’s high time schools make an effort to create an inclusive environment where children can openly talk about their sexuality and be accepted rather than get bullied. Educational institutions should now openly discuss issues around homosexuality and other genders and the fact that it’s not ‘contagious’, ‘immoral’ or ‘harmful’.
SIMRAN NANDA,FIRST-YEAR STUDENT, VIVEKANANDA INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES, DELHI
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