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NPO distributes LGBT-related teaching materials for middle school ethics classes

  • April 26, 2017
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 19
  • JMH Translation

The NPO ReBit (in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo), an entity supporting LGBT individuals, has recently prepared teaching materials for middle school ethics classes for studying and understanding the LGBT community. It began distributing these materials to teachers on March 30, receiving orders for more than 50 sets in the first week.


The set of teaching materials is called “Ally Teacher’s Tool Kit,” from the term “allies,” or people who understand and support LGBT individuals. It consists of a handbook for teachers, which explains the situation of LGBT individuals and their problems, proposed guidelines for teaching, videos, worksheets for students, and so forth.


Both ReBit staff members and incumbent middle school teachers participated in the production of the 15-minute video on how LGBT individuals talked about themselves to their families and friends.


ReBit director Mika Yakushi, 27, said that seven years ago, when ReBit started courses for understanding LGBT individuals at elementary and middle schools, they were rejected by the schools.


However, since the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology issued a notice on giving consideration to children with gender identity disorder in April 2015, there has been a change in attitude.


The teaching materials can be downloaded from the ReBit website and are given out for free to middle school teachers. They are also for sale at 4,320 yen (tax included), and the NPO accepts donations. (Abridged)

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