National Schools Pride Week

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[00:00:00] This programme is brought to you by pride [00:00:05] cura, I'm Tabby. Basically I'm the managing director inside out quater. So the history of national schools Pride Week? Well, it's very recent history because this is our first year. It sort of came about kind of building upon the Day of Silence campaign, the inside out has been running nationally since 2014. And I guess yeah, over the time of running that campaign, which is kind of international one is around the creating more awareness around the silencing effects of bullying and discrimination in our schools, particularly for young people from the rainbow community. What we found is that Yeah, sort of studies feel like it was less relevant, and a lot more girls that were taking part in that some of them actually turned it into a more of a, like Wellington High School, for example, turning into an outloud day for sort of flipping it and maybe some schools and topal like turning into a real pride oppression and having music and I slocks. So I guess a really important part of that campaign was always around, how do we break the silence and create spaces to celebrate our identities and make it okay, make those changes. So, yeah, I guess we sort of have taken that feedback that we've been seeing from schools. And we sort of put a survey out and lots of people were really keen to see a Pride Week. But we also got feedback that for some schools today, silence campaign is still really relevant. And that's kind of the one opportunity they found to have to really highlight the bullying that the communities face. And it's been really important for him. So he sort of still provided that as an option and kicked off the resource that is up. And so that was last Friday. So the Friday before pride wakes up. So the idea is that Pride Week then breaks the silence after the Day of Silence for those that want to take part in that so. Yeah, I guess that's a little bit of kind of how it's come about. Some schools have been Doing pride for a long time. Some of my high school nylon coloured back in the day we did Easter, run a Pride Week. So it's quite exciting now kind of more than 10 years later looking at how we've got over 100 schools and bolstering pride what around the country [00:02:15] just to backtrack just a little bit Could you just tell me where the Day of Silence came from? [00:02:20] Yes originated I believe in the 1980s in America and yeah, from there just kind of expanded and flavours like over 70 countries worldwide that have taken part [00:02:32] and been jumping forward to the pride weeks with signalman college 10 years ago, what drew now in college to wants to apply week [00:02:42] I guess just an opportunity really to, to yet still look so bright and yeah, be proud and kind of spread awareness around the school a bit more often, a bit of a secret. Sometimes they can be very living in their little pockets and there might not be much actual awareness of the rest of The school community around but that group even exists or on what that means or you know, that kind of normalising our identities. So yes, I'm not hundred percent sure for that specific start of that. But I mentioned it would have been around some of those ideas [00:03:18] in sweet this year is the first national schools Pride Week. How did schools react to the idea? [00:03:25] Yeah, we've had such a positive response from schools. It's been awesome. As I said, over 100 have signed up from right from an early childhood Institute to several kind of tertiary institutions, mostly secondary schools, a handful of kind of primary intermediates as well. And yet people just been Yeah, really. Kane we ran out of with 15,000 kind of rainbow stickers out across the country and ran out very quickly. So yeah, it's been really cool as well to just kind of space of work activities that people been doing coming up on social media. [00:03:58] And so what kind of things Have people been planning [00:04:02] all sorts of things? [00:04:05] pride parades and schools, kind of pride, markets and schools a lot of bake sales. When I particularly loved with all last night was at vongole girls college they did they got all their school houses involved to do a baking, or like a cake decoration competition themed around pride and the cakes look very impressive on their Facebook page for you. [00:04:27] Yeah, that was a cool one. Lots of [00:04:30] face painting Cahoots, which is like a quiz where you can ask questions people can answer on their phones and we put one up around identifying different pipelines on our website is a resource that people can use before anything as an opportunity to kind of educate within their schools or doing workshops for teachers or one school today was doing an ally ship workshop for students on how to be good allies to bring the communities. One really cool has been powerful into everyday. They've been Uploading that all Instagram videos on called their pride guide, and said I've covered things like career history, right through representation in the media, pronouns and kind of different topics we're doing a few minutes today that's going out to the school community. [00:05:15] So this sounds completely different to when I went to school most decades ago. Has anything surprised you because it just sounds so kind of like, open and inclusive. [00:05:30] I don't think it has surprised me, but I can imagine it would surprise a lot of people who aren't as caught up in the day to day of like, how things have been changing. And part of that because I think for me, Rick working really actively with schools across this time, I guess feels like a more gradual thing. Whereas like it's 50 full but not as aware of kind of those changes or what or what's going on or connected with those schools or young people. I can imagine it must be like, oh, wow, was suddenly open. Yeah, private celebration, I guess for me For that has taken you know, it's taken a lot of work to get to that place. [00:06:04] But we have seen some [00:06:07] yet quite a few LET'S FACE bicycles taking part, which is always, you know, a really kind of signifies the times of change. [00:06:14] Levin intermediate was one of my favourites and they have been actually doing really cool things they did like a pride disco and a, [00:06:21] like a lunchtime concert and things are. Yeah. [00:06:25] And in terms of kind of geographic spread of these schools from all across the country or specific plants. [00:06:30] Yeah, no, it's been pretty kind of across the country. Yeah, I've had the graph in front of me, but yeah, pretty wide, wide spread around New Zealand. [00:06:40] And you're saying is the Intermediate School the kind of youngest age group that's taking part in in schools? Probably. [00:06:45] No, so there was at least one early childhood that registered and a few primary schools as well. Yeah, pretty cool. [00:06:53] So what do you put down to the kind of move towards kind of inclusivity [00:06:59] a few I think obviously the more awareness and representation that there is. Yeah, kind of in altura and, and globally, obviously has a huge impact. And we're seeing more and more young people able to kind of come out younger, not that they haven't been there in previous generations. It's just yeah, now open. And we held last night, a youth panel for Pride Week, with some young young people sharing their experiences, and quite a lot of others, shared through Facebook comments on the zoom chat as well about their experiences and several people which are talking about experiences, but with a previous thought, I think some current as well, intermediate students, and what's that, what that's kind of like, and yet to me, it's really exciting. I feel like just now in sort of the time where, you know, even a few years ago, it would be very rare for us to hear about an intermediate student who was kind of open around to the identity or kind of trying to figure that out. I was saying a lot more primary schools get in touch, particularly around digital Is children wanting to be kind of open at school or wanting support for that. So I think just a lot more awareness and as society becomes more accepting, obviously, that that's to be replicated in our schools as well. But of course, inside out work, I'm sure has been a huge kind of part of that, like having those resources out there for schools and a place that they can come to students come to their families and come to to get that. Yes, support advocacy resources to enable those changes within school. [00:08:34] Do you find after doing something like this Pride Week, you get a lot more inquiries from schools wanting to set up support groups or individual students? [00:08:44] Yeah, and it's one of the questions we ask when they register actually is do you have a group Do you want one so we can sort of follow up afterwards and kind of say awesome things on this and how can we support you to kind of maintain and kind of do that ongoing work as well. [00:08:57] of the activities being driven by the students All by the teachers or principals, [00:09:05] a bit of both. There was a really nice comment on the workshop last night where one of the Youth Advisory Group members has been organising pride in their school talks about how their students and staff would really come together for organising pride. And that was something you don't often see in the school, that real collaboration to kind of put something together, which was really cool. And some other notes and teachers were listening. They kind of reflected similar things happen in their schools, which was awesome, but I think it does. Yeah, depends on the school a lot of the time, I guess there can be a lot more student driven, particularly in schools where there may not be as much support. But I think we've seen as well particularly for rain for teachers that something they are quite often paying to get involved with. Yes, a rule for it. [00:09:49] So the week's run from the 24th to the 28th of August. So we're actually on the last day today. Why this time of the year because in New Zealand, normally kind of pride is around kind of March February. [00:10:03] Yes. So it was meant to be in June. But obviously the see it with spirit COVID-19 pandemic. And so during June, we've just come out of lockdown and Patrick had just come out of lockdown before June and so we, I guess at the time we decided to postpone we didn't know how long we've been looking and we wanted to make sure that school still had time to organise it and take part didn't feel too kind of rushed. So and not yet hopefully, that they would have you know, been back in live one and not have to have the concerns around social distancing. So we postponed it to August for that reason and then obviously just before a week or two before that we the whole country has gone back into level two and Auckland unfortunately is back in lockdown, which means Auckland schools haven't been able to participate. And so some of them we've seen during the Online, which is really cool. I think most of them are looking to kind of postpone. And this year because of COVID-19 picture days also got postponed to October, so many of them are looking to run the same week as picture day in October and kind of bring those two together to recall. Because we're working with schools, whereas most regions around otedola celebrate pride and very much for schools. That's the very start of the school year. It's just not practical in terms of giving them time to organise all the students being able to stick forward. Yeah. [00:11:31] So you touched on COVID-19. And I wonder, just more generally, how is insideout coped with this global pandemic? I [00:11:41] guess it's been a very interesting time. I think we've done really well our staff and volunteers have just been amazing and kind of coming together. At the start of the pandemic, and lockdown, we had to turn our annual event into an online Instead, that usually happens for four days on line, which ended into a two line two to like two week split to two week event via zoom and discord. And it just been amazingly Yeah, it's incredible. Still all the same people from around the country kind of getting involved and we didn't know if would create the same feelings of connection that you do in that kind of real life, community environment. But people reflected that they really did. And we still did to kind of pretty much all the things that we usually do like the talent show, for example, by so the textbook time is mostly was Yeah, really, really awesome. So that was a really big thing for us, right? The fact that we had to adapt to very quickly and then we ran a series of kind of online workshops focused on putting out the support of social media and just letting our community you know that we will face them and yet still trying to hold on to kind of help people feel connected and [00:13:01] Yeah, boys went really well. And [00:13:05] yeah, cuz we experienced other things, obviously, [00:13:08] several of our staff or schools coordinators around the country and they weren't able to be going into schools for that time. So they had to adapt again, doing things online or working on resources and other bits and pieces during that time. And our education services kind of had a big drop off. Obviously, we can deliver workshops during that time. So yeah. Yeah, but difficult, like closing kind of expected income for a few months as well. But yeah, overall, I think, yeah, we've just adapted really well. And we've learned new things from it too, in terms of what we can do online and how I guess particularly again, as a national organisation, ways to kind of be more accessible to people through ups and downs. [00:13:53] And what about the feedback from from younger people in terms of how have they reacted to confidence In lockdowns, [00:14:04] it's quite good. It's quite mixed. I don't think we know enough about it. So I understand the Minister of Youth Development is currently doing a bit of a project to try and learn more about ramping and people's experiences in particular, which was really good and important. Some of the work they have done already shows that rugby and people were kind of more negatively impacted. And I guess one of the main areas is around that. So those are living in an unsupportive kind of home environments. And so in a supportive bubble not having that support around and whereas usually they might be able to, you know, go to the better VISTA group once a week or have their friends at school, those kinds of things. Yeah, obviously, that wasn't there. And for some people to if they didn't have internet access, or you know, everyone in their family was using Wi Fi or some young people, for example, couldn't take part in shifts because Yeah, because I was I was kind of internet issues or this Emily, we're working from home and wouldn't let them use the Wi Fi during work hours so that it wasn't too slow and things like that. So yeah, those kinds of barriers, I think for quite a few people to coming out of that lock down period, like anxiety has been quite a big issue for people in the community like that kind of going out and being around people again. And I guess another one that was seen as for a lot of people was quite reflective time. And so we're seeing more and more young people who came out of that locked down experience with this time and during that time, have been kind of questioning their identity or have made decisions but when they go back to school, so they want to be called by this name and these pronouns and things like that. So Yep, definitely. So quite a few school more schools reached out kind of panicking, but how to support students some of those challenges [00:15:49] which must make something like come schools Pride Week happening after lockdown. Just like much more [00:15:58] important, I guess. [00:15:59] Yeah. Yeah, that's true. Yeah. [00:16:03] Yeah, we're at the end of the week now. And I wonder, one, how the week was for you and the kind of feedback you've had, and any standout events? [00:16:16] Yeah, it's been really great. I've loved seeing particularly on Instagram, what different schools and groups that are doing and getting to see that visual kind of element. Obviously, we can't be in every school around the country. So yeah, it's really cool to get little glimpses into what people were doing and what that kind of means for them. It's been very busy. And I think so, because we had such a small budget to run the campaign off as the first time and look down on all these, all these things. Yeah, it's really great to see the response it has said and also already getting all these ideas and I'm excited for how we can kind of build upon it for the future. Often as well, it's not until after the week that we get warm. It's sort of joint evaluation. So they asked me for on, please give us your photos that we get to kind of learn more about it. So [00:17:06] yeah, there's not one thing that stands out to me at the moment. We're looking forward to kind of learning more about what's happened. [00:17:12] So what are the plans for next year in the in the past week? [00:17:16] Yeah, well, I think, first, we're just really excited to put out a survey and encourage people to kind of give feedback on what's worked for them this year and what their idea is that I think will get a lot from hearing. Yeah, what different schools and groups have done to take part in it will give us lots of great ideas for physical activities. Hopefully next year, we can move it back to June. I think what we've noticed there's a lot of young people because June is kind of Pride Month in America and other places and they're often really connected to that on social media and things that we often see them celebrating online, things around pride in German, so hopefully we can do around that timing to contain with that. Hopefully Auckland can take that was I think too, there's lots more we can do around the state. We chose different themes for each kind of day of pride and some activities around those. But yeah, I think we can just kind of grow that more and for ourselves as well might be looking at what we can put out online exposure time with the same or get more ways to kind of get people involved. And I love to get the panels to use panel that would work really well. So it's up to do that will maybe look at other events. We also did an Instagram poetry live [00:18:33] to tie in with that out on the shells campaign, which has been running along the same time. [00:18:38] So what were the themes today? [00:18:41] So today's Friday, so it's where your pride so kind of the pride and celebration theme to end the week on. And the other things were history and backupper inclusion and accessibility, health and well being and education. [00:18:54] And you also mentioned out on the shelves, can you just tell me a wee bit about that? [00:18:58] Yeah, so out on the shelves. Is our campaign to celebrate rainbow representation and stories and media and around getting school and public community libraries to take part and kind of recognise them, yet remember stories and their collections. So this year, we ran it for two weeks. It's the third year running a campaign. And we invite school and public community libraries around the country to put out a display of their rainbow collections or new books. And we've got a website with a database so people can kind of search they want to get used by five book Cora, a sexual fantasy, children's book so yet they can sort of browse and kind of find things that help reflect to their identities or their experiences back to them. We also have a sort of an identity bookmarks with a different kind of flags and different identities and books with characters from that identity which can get distributed around the country. So we had definitely over 150,000 orders that was sent out and had to order But Max about almost ran out of those. So yeah, that's a fantastic response as well. And so a lot of schools were also doing that library display at the same time as private. [00:20:11] So right at the start of the interview, you were talking about some of your experiences at Neyland college 10 years ago. And like, it's just an Trek Into up as Are you able to compare what? Like pride and like, that's part of it's 10 years we got Nolan college we're like, to what you're experiencing now [00:20:31] that school and you know, and others around that kind of time that we're doing things we're sort of a heat of the times you know, I don't think there's a huge amount that has changed from my kind of embrace like thinking about it just enough like Well, yeah, remember that? You know, we had a rapid split in the library and you know, we did we did the Day of Silence. I mean, we waste to get the teachers we render ribbons. Yeah, probably And as I said, we did face painting and textiles and things maybe wasn't quite as kind of out there some schools are doing now. So yet, for example, the schools are doing like the pride parades in a school. That's pretty awesome. That started at Catholic college a couple of years ago. Or Yes, it was like that kind of market pride day. And yeah, I really like more homeschool kind of getting involved in things. The Capri Pride Parade, they also forget that I attended it. They kind of ended that with a great little concert in the school Hall as well. And they had different other like clubs and groups in the school performing and it was really nice to see that support from different groups within the school coming together to show their support for the rainbow group and the prize day, sir. Yeah, that was that's really cool. I guess the biggest difference which changes the scale of it, you know, so many more schools participating and did it. Yes, not so much an out there kind of idea. National schools pride weeks, yet that sense of kind of yet doing it alongside others and that's an important kind of meaningful thing that we should get involved with to show support for the people in our school.

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