Celebrating Pride in every school | Whakanuia te uenuku ki ia kura
Pride Week 2020 is the first ever nationwide Pride Week campaign based in schools, with a range of activities that schools, QSAs or rainbow diversity groups, students and staff can get involved with. The campaign builds on our former Day of Silence campaign by shifting the primary focus to a celebratory week of events and activities that support rainbow young people to have a sense of belonging in their schools and communities. Schools Pride Week has been created by InsideOUT, a national organisation that works with youth, whānau, schools and communities to make Aotearoa a safer place for all rainbow young people to live and be in.
We hope that by celebrating and affirming rainbow identities through our pride campaign we can help reduce the experiences of bullying and distress for our rainbow rangatahi.
Schools Pride Week aims to:
Celebrate rainbow staff and students in our school communities, increasing a sense of belonging
Support schools to facilitate activities and pride celebrations in their school, through the sharing of resources and information
Give schools opportunities to incorporate rainbow issues into NCEA standards and subjects, and normalise rainbow identities across the curriculum.
Themes for each day include education, inclusion, accessibility, whakapapa and rainbow history and celebration/pride. Schools will be encouraged to connect with their local rainbow community organisations to partner on events where possible. Young people organising Pride Week in their schools will have an opportunity to build on their leadership and event planning skills and feel the reward that comes with making a difference in their local community.