The national core curriculums oblige teachers to pay attention to gender and sexual diversity in their lesson plans
While bullying at Finnish schools is in an overall decline, according to a 2019 survey the LGBTQ youth are still twice as likely to face bullying or discrimination. In an attempt to tackle the issue, the Finnish Equality Act requires educational institutions at all levels to devise an equality action plan together with both the personnel and students, which must contain an assessment of the current situation as well as concrete measures to further promote equality and end discrimination.
The national core curriculums also oblige teachers to pay attention to gender and sexual diversity in their lesson plans with the aim of reducing and preventing stereotypical and prejudiced attitudes among students. The work of the teachers is supported by several non-governmental organizations; for example Finnish LGBTQ organization Seta has published a manual on gender diversity with many practical advice for teachers. Peer support for LGBTQ youth is also provided both online and physically by different organizations as well as cities and municipalities’ youth centers.