Communication strategies of comparison to talk about sexual diversity in the classroom

Friday 3 July 2020

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Being ourselves is not an easy choice, even more if we have to cope with the difficulty of integrating into school and curbing discrimination.

We must start with contexual education to ensure that schools are places where diversity becomes a value and a strength.

On 26 and 30 June, in addition to the activities foreseen by the SENSE project, CESIE promoted two training sessions – through the CISCO online platform – by Professor Burgio (Kore University) in order to support 15 teachers of the Euroform professional institute on the training needs expressed in the training on April 16th regarding the theme of sexual diversity.

Professor Burgio, in the wake of interactive sessions and free discussion with teachers, using a direct reading key, has deepened some techniques of analysis of problems relating to the theme of sexual diversity and therefore the communication strategies of comparison with students in order to create a safe and secure environment during the project activities.

Professor Burgio cited concrete cases of bullying, focusing on the various types of homophobia that exist (heterosexism, genderism, biphobia, lesbophobia, gayphobia) and the related youth language. He was able to give a general picture of the homophobic reality of our present, deepening the various hierarchies of power that nestle there.

He also explained what lies at the basis of homophobia which one’s own psychological reassurance and therefore protection from the victimization of others: homophobia is in fact a social system in which society is organized, a form of hatred linked to fear and ’embarrassment.

It is therefore necessary to respond to these needs to stem homophobia by promoting a win-win approach through greater awareness on the issue of discrimination against the LGBTQ + community and a contextual education for adolescents aimed at reviewing their internal hierarchy of values and therefore their ideology.

Today, however, society is based on heteronormativity that is on heterosexuality as a unique model that – through stereotypes, prejudices and violence (symbolic, verbal, physical, asymmetrical and normative) – produces a form of denial of the LGBTQ + community.

The SENSE Project breaks the hate chain and promotes diversity in vocational schools, hoping for a more inclusive, safe and welcoming school.

About the project

SENSE: Vocation and Sexual Sensitivity – Sexual Diversity in Social Domain Vocational Training is co-funded by Erasmus+, Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.


The project holds together 7 organisations:

For further information

Read more about the project.


Talking about sexual and gender diversity to the student population

Talking about sexual and gender diversity to the student population

CESIE together with the Institute E. Majorana of Palermo and the collaboration of Arcigay Palermo, is
organizing a training meeting with about 4 classes of students from the fifth grades of the Institute to respond to the need of the student
population to be more aware, as well as to have a greater knowledge on sexual identity issues.