Family Diversity in Education

FAMILY DIVERSITY IN EDUCATION

A school where everyone can fit in and feel welcome is a better, fairer and safer place for all. It’s a community where no one feels inferior, singled out of left behind. It’s a place where respect and diversity are valued and everybody can develop and contribute to their best.

Here you will find some teaching units, books, games and videos on how you can address family diversity at school, at home or anywhere, happy reading!

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Our world is increasingly diverse and so is family. Different types of families are more and more widespread. The nuclear family with two heterosexual, married, biological parents is today only one among other possible models. Families with single parents, same sex parents, recomposed, adoptive, foster, extended, elective families… are part of the everyday experience of children. They are all equally valid and deserving equal rights and respect.

Schools, education systems and informal education must recognize, honor, welcome and value such diversity.

For this to happen the ideas and representations of family in the schools, textbooks, education materials, language and narratives need to go beyond stereotypes and to represent different family structures embracing the growing diversity of family life. In this way, diversity in education will contribute to the well-being of all children and to fairer, safer, richer and happier societies.

  • Children
    need to see their family represented and validated. When this doesn’t happen, the door is open to discrimination, exclusion and, sometimes, violence. This affects negatively not only the victims, but also actors and bystanders.
    Parents need to work together and with the schools to create a genuinely open and respectful environment.

  • Teachers and educators
    need to be aware, attentive and supportive of all children and their families.

  • Administrators
    need to ensure that regulations, forms, procedures, communications allow for all families to be included.

  • Policy makers
    need to encourage and support adequate awareness rising and capacity building of education professionals

Derricia Jael, IFED Co-President, Belize:

“Whether in a formal educational setting or not, it is important to recognize and respecting the differences from all individuals in order to create learning environments that are safe, inclusive and equitable for as many identities as possible.”

Derricia

SCHOOL

Un place pour toutes les Familles
Country: CANADA
Organization: Coalition des Familles LGBT+
Language: French

 


School uit de kast
trans@school

Country: BELGIUM
Organizations: ÇAVARIA, Wel Jong Niet Hetero VZW, VlaanderenEqual Brussels and Gewestelijke Overheidsdienst Brussel
Language: Dutch

 


ערכות שימושיות
Country: ISRAEL
Organization: Hoshen
Language: Hebrew

 


Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools For All Children & Families
Country: USA
Organization: Human Rights Campaign
Language: English

 


School Diversity Week Toolkit
Country: UK
Organization: Just like us
Language: English

 


Diversidad familiar en la escuela: guía de recursos didácticos
Country: SPAIN
Organization: Educatolerancia
Language: Spanish, English

 


EMBRACING DIVERSITY: proposals for an education free of homophobia and transphobia
Country: SPAIN
Organization: Instituto de la Mujer y para la Igualdad de Oportunidades
Language: English

 


Escoles Rainbow, Programa Educatiu
Country: CATALONIA
Organization: Instituto de la Mujer y para la Igualdad de Oportunidades
Language: Catalan

 


Leitfaden Regenbogenfamilien für pädagogische Fachpersonen im Schulkontext
Country: SWITZERLAND
Organization: Dachverband Regenbogenfamilien
Language: German, French, Italian

 


Safe schools do better
Country: AUSTRALIA
Organization: Safe Schools Coalition
Language: English

 


Teacher’s Guide to Inclusive Education
Country: BELGIUM
Organization: IGLYO
Language: English

 


Guidelines for Inclusive Education Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Gender Expression
Country: BELGIUM
Organization: IGLYO
Language: English

LEARNING UNITS

Leitfaden Regenbogenfamilien für pädagogische Fachpersonen im Schulkontext
Country: SWITZERLAND
Organization: Dachverband Regenbogenfamilien
Language: German, French, Italian

 


יום המשפחה “מעבר לקשת”
גיוון משפחתי בגן וביסודי

Country: ISRAEL
Organization: Hoshen
Language: Hebrew


Outils pour intervenants travaillant avec jeunes et familles
Country: CANADA
Organization: Coalition des Familles LGBT+
Language: French, English

 


Ulysse et Alice : Une famille homoparentale
Country: CANADA
Organization: Coalition des Familles LGBT+
Language: French, English

 


For older kids:Learning respect for diversity
Country: CANADA
Organization: Coalition des Familles LGBT+
Language: English, French

 

 


resource kit for rainbow families
Country: AUSTRALIA
Published by Jacqui Tomlins, OUTspoken Families
Language: English

 


Bildergeschichte: „Durch die Jahreszeiten“
Country: GERMANY
Konzept: Michaela Herbertz-Floßdorf
Illustration: Ka Schmitz
vielfältig e.V.
2017

RECOMMENDED READING

Rainbow Families Greece – Publishing projects
Country: GREECE
Language: Greek
Organization: Oikogeneies Ouranio Tokso

 


ふたりのママから、きみたちへ /イ-スト・プレス/東小雪 (単行本(ソフトカバー)) 中古
Country: JAPAN
Language: Japanese

 

 


阿肯的歡樂之家
作者:劉育豪/著 江長芳/圖 王儷靜/主編
出版社:女書文化
Country: TAIWAN
Language: Mandarin Chinese ( traditional characters)

 


Bibliographie: « Des livres pour parler des familles arc-en-ciel* avec des enfants et des ados »
Country: SWITZERLAND
Language: French
Organization: L’association faitière Famille Arc-en-ciel

 


Literaturliste: „Bunte Familienformen“
Country: SWITZERLAND
Language: German
Organization: Dachverband Regenbogenfamilien

 


BIBLIOGRAFIA DELS CONTES A L’ESCOLA
Country: CATALONIA
Language: Catalan
Organization: Campanya de Contes a l’Escola

 


Literatur, Filme
Country: AUSTRIA
Language: German
Organization: FAm.O.S Regenbogenfamilien

 


LIBRI
Country: ITALY
Language: Italian
Organization: Famiglie Arcobaleno

 


 

 


一個家,一個故事:多元家庭物語

作者:王儷靜、劉育豪、林慧文
出版社:女書文化
Country: TAIWAN
Language: Mandarin Chinese ( traditional characters)


De mama’s van Sterre
Country: BELGIUM
Language: Dutch
Organization: Regenbooggezinnen Vlaanderen & Het Roze Huis
Auteur: Gea van Beuningen
Uitgever: Epo, Uitgeverij


Book Nook: Young Adult LGBTQ Family-Friendly Books
Country: USA
Language: English
Organization: Family Equality 

 


Book Nook: Early Elementary LGBTQ Family-Friendly Books
Country: USA
Language: English
Organization: Family Equality 

 


Book Nook: LGBTQ Family Books for Adults
Country: USA
Language: English
Organization: Family Equality 

 


Book Nook: Middle Grades LGBTQ+ Family-Friendly Books
Country: USA
Language: English
Organization: Family Equality 

 


Promise Land
Country: NEW ZEALAND
Language: English
Raven Wild

Malbuch Regenbogenfamilien

Coloring book - 5 METER LONG - Children painting together

הורידו וצבעו יחד עם הילדים/ות - LGBT families for painting. Source: Hoshen organization, drawings by Daniel Peleg.

Ausmalbild: Wie sieht deine Familie aus? Mal uns in allen Regenbogenfarben aus.

Image à colorier: À quoi ressemble ta famille ? Colorie-nous dans toutes les couleurs de l’arc-en-ciel !

Colorazione dell'immagine: Com’è composta la tua famiglia? Dipingici con tutti i colori dell’arcobaleno!

Il existe toutes sortes de FAMILLES ou on s’AIME et se sent BIEN

Who’s in your Family Tree? Quel est votre arbre généalogic? This resource is made available from the LGBTQ Parenting Network, a program of Sherbourne Health.

Different Families - Same Love

L’amour crée la famille

Aus Liebe entsteht Familie

E’l’amore che crea una famiglia

Familiensalat – ein Viele-Familien-Memo

Not all families look alike, build your own!

El gran juego de la diversidad. ¿Quién vive aquí?

Jeu de 7 familles dont l'objectif est de représenter la diversité des familles, constituant un moyen percutant, évocateur et ludique, pour familiariser nos enfants et nos proches aux évolutions des vies de famille en France.

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ถ้าโลกนี้ไม่มีพ่อแม่ - If there is no (biological) father and (biological) mother in our world!

MOJA DUGINA OBITELJ || ANA

סליחה על השאלה | ילדים ממשפחות גאות - שידור בכורה ביוטיוב! - LGBT Families: "You can't ask that" With english subtitles

Queer Kid Stuff

Parenting Transgender I We Are Family I Parents

Life in a rainbow family

Surrogacy kids talk - משפחת תמוז פונדקאות

Promised Land: LGBTQ Children's Book Read Aloud

“Pour mes pères: Mes pères aimés, mes pères à moi, vous qui me faites bondir sur…”

Right 2 Love, released in 2012, is a documentary, which follows the daily lives and struggles of seven LGBT families in the following seven different European countries: The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Switzerland and in Catalonia

Kids Of Gay Parents Speak Out - (bi/straight parents too) A film from Team Angelica & Stonewall

Kindern in Regenbogenfamilien geht es gut

Rainbow-families from all over Europe!

10 CLICHÉS sur l'HOMOPARENTALITÉ

Love Wins ขอให้รักจงเจริญ

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