The Queer Cyprus Association Has Released the Research Titled “Curriculum Gap Analysis in The Context of LGBTI+ Inclusivity in the northern part of Cyprus.”

The research titled “Curriculum Gap Analysis in The Context of LGBTI+ Inclusivity in the northern part of Cyprus” conducted within the scope of the Rainbow Project, funded by the European Union under the Cypriot Civil Society in Action VII Grant Programme and implemented by the Queer Cyprus Association, has been published and made available online.

The Rainbow Project, funded by the European Union under the Civil Society in Action VII Grant Programme and implemented by the Queer Cyprus Association, aims to promote LGBTI+ inclusivity in the education and healthcare sectors in the northern part of Cyprus. In this context, the research titled ” Curriculum Gap Analysis in The Context of LGBTI+ Inclusivity in the northern part of Cyprus” contains important data and evaluates how gender equality and LGBTI+ issues are covered in the education curriculum.

The Content and Scope of the Research

This research aimed to evaluate the textbooks used at primary, secondary and high school levels in the northern part of Cyprus from the perspective of LGBTI+ awareness and gender equality. In this study, which was carried out using the content analysis method, all textbooks used in primary, secondary and high schools in the northern part of Cyprus constituted the population, while the sample selection was limited to 48 textbooks, taking into account expert opinions. The research was conducted by expert teacher Yasemin Taneri and research consultant Çağrı Peköz. Damla Kodan, Kayra Gutan, Raşit Kutlu and Yassine Chagh took part in the data collection phase.

School Books Have Heteronormative and Sexist Approaches!

In light of the findings, it was observed that there was no LGBTI+ inclusive content at any grade level, and the textbooks were prepared with a heteronormative and sexist approach. The majority of the primary school textbooks contain sexist and homogenizing assignments that reinforce gender stereotypes.

As Grade Level Increases, Images and Texts Containing Sexism and Heteronormative Impositions Decrease.

Visuals and texts containing sexism and heteronormative impositions declined with increasing grade level, and high school sociology and psychology textbooks contained data on inclusiveness. In these two textbooks, where topics linked to human rights and diversity such as feminism, violence, gender, racism were covered, no data on LGBTI+ inclusivity was found.

For more information about the report…

To access the full research report, you can visit the “Reports” section on the Queer Cyprus Association’s website through https://bit.ly/lgbti-inclusive-curriculum-gap-analysis-research. Additionally, if you prefer a hard copy, you can obtain one by visiting organization. If you have further questions about the research or would like to get in touch with the association, you can contact us at +90542 858 58 47 or via email at info@queercyprus.org

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