Q-topia Education Programme
Rainbow young people have some of the poorest wellbeing outcomes of all young people in Aotearoa, unfortunately little progress is being made to improve the long term outcomes of this group of young people. Through high quality education Q-topia is aiming to improve the culture of Canterbury and make our beautiful region the most diverse and supportive region in Aotearoa.
Q-topia is the Canterbury provider of the InsideOut education programme insideout.ry.org.nz We provide diversity education and culture development to schools, organisations and families to ensure environments are safe and accessible for diverse people (especially young people). The support we offer has a variety of approaches and is adapted to suit the organisation we are working with. The main area covered are:
- Culture - How supportive and safe is your culture, what if an changes do you see as valuable for your organisation, across physical environment, policy and staff/student attitude. Q-topia works with you to develop sessions that best meet your needs and help to enhance your school or workplace culture.
- Professional development - Providing education for staff, whanau and critical partners to ensure they are supported, supportive and strong allies for diverse young people.
- Student education - This is achieved by working alongside teachers to upskill with the aim that teachers will be able to take-over provision of the education long term.
The education programme was developed by Ministry of Social Development in 2015, is closely aligned with the Rainbow Youth and Family Planning and is Ministry of Education approved. The programme sits within the education curriculum (sexuality guidelines 2015), supporting and building on health education.
Contact: Anne Nicholsonoffice@qtopia.org.nz 027 93 25 396
*QUEER is a reclaimed word that we use as an umbrella term to describe our rainbow family identities that includes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Takatapui, Fa'afafine, Fakaleiti, Pansexual, Asexual and Gender Queer.
q-topia is a ‘queer’ play on the word ‘Utopia’. Utopia is an imaginary place where everything is perfect. Well that’s what we are aiming for!