LGBT training seminar makes REACH an even safer space

5/27/2019

Last Friday, REACH staff underwent a sensitivity training course to gain a better understanding of the issues LGBT students may face.


A number of students identify as LGBT and this can make life difficult in conservative Vietnam.


The course, was run by Centre Manager, Ms Hăng, who stressed the importance of providing a safe and inclusive environment at REACH.


“At REACH we accept students from all walks of life and expect that they are all treated with dignity and respect,” she said.


In attendance were two former students who identify as LGBT. They participated in a round table discussion to answer questions and offer insight into the Vietnamese LGBT community.


“In Vietnam there are many courageous LGBT youths. But some of them still want to hide,” said one.


A 2014 United Nations Development Program (UNDP) found that “LGBT people often face prejudices and are marginalised in schools” in Viêt Nạm.


The same report also found that employers in Viêt Nạm frequently discriminate against LGBT job applicants.


The seminar stressed the importance of inclusivity and anti-discrimination. It also covered how staff should address concerns raised by LGBT students and support networks available to students.


“REACH is a safe space,” Hăng said. “Students should feel comfortable coming to school regardless of their sexual orientation and making sure our staff have the right information about LGBT issues is key to our success.”


At REACH we pride ourselves on the diversity of our student body. From street kids to victims of human trafficking and, of course, LGBT youth we deal with a whole range of students affected by a broad range of social issues. Staff training is essential to making sure these students feel at home and included.


You can support staff training programs like this and create more opportunities for LGBT youth by donating to our Global Giving campaign here: https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/11762/reach/



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