In April-November, 2021 volunteers of the National LGBT rights organization LGL implemented a project “Anti-bullying Alliance: Building a support network to counter homophobic bullying at schools”, supported by the Council of Europe through the European Youth Foundation.
The aim of the project was to raise awareness on the problem of homophobic bullying within school communities and existing emotional support services. The project will also encourage active youth participation and youth work (youth to youth support, fostering volunteering and youth to youth support) and access to rights (access to education free from discrimination).
The project team organized 4 capacity building workshops for teachers (20 participants-school professionals per workshop) in 4 different schools in Kaunas, Vilnius, Kėdainiai and Radviliškis. During these workshops the participants were thoroughly informed about the problem of homophobic bullying and what they can do to counter it and provide support for students who experience it.
The project team also organized 4 workshops for representatives of Parent Association (PA) or Parent Teacher Association (PTA) (10 participants per workshop). During these workshops the volunteers of emotional support platform informed the participants about the extent of the problem of homophobic bullying in Lithuanian schools, shared case examples and explained ways how parents could support their children who experience such form of bullying.
During the project, 8 info days were organized, aiming to make the target groups (LGBT students, parents and teachers) more informed about the existing emotional support platform. During the info days the participants were informed about the problem of homophobic bullying and what they can do to support LGBT students. The participants also received leaflets and other relative material.
The project team prepared and printed 1000 leaflets and 100 posters (in Lithuanian). The posters were sent to Lithuanian schools in order to raise awareness about the emotional support platform. 1 short video was also produced and posted on social media, aiming to raise awareness about the platform.
Finally, the project team had a team-building session in Molėtai. During the session the chief psychologist organized an intervision for volunteers in order to discuss most difficult cases and be able to move on with providing quality support.