South African schools don’t just impart syllabus education to their learners. Schools are also places where South African youth absorb critically important messages about social attitudes. New research undertaken into homosexuality and homophobia in South African schools, shortly to be published, paints a partly hopeful, partly bleak picture of schools’ handling of LGBTI issues. By REBECCA DAVIS.
“It will be much easier, over time, to change attitudes towards race than it would be to alter beliefs about sexuality.”
These are University of the Free State rector Jonathan Jansen’s words, part of the preface he has written to a new study of attitudes towards homosexuality within South African schools.
‘Under Pressure: The Regulation of Sexualities in South African Secondary Schools’, by Professor Deevia Bhana, is the first comprehensive study of its kind, drawing on surveys of learners and teachers and focus group interviews with learners, teachers, school management teams and parents.
The study is a project of GALA, Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action.
“Schools help to share the values and belief systems of future adults,” Director Anthony Manion told Daily Maverick.
“In South Africa, we’ve led the world in reforms around sexual orientation, and when you look at education, you…
Source : Daily Maverick