Rainbow Friday on 28.10!
This year we want to help you celebrate this day safely – legally and without unlawful bans. Below, we discuss in a few paragraphs the legal basis on which you can celebrate this day.
According to Article 54 of the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, everyone is guaranteed the freedom to express views and to obtain and disseminate information, and all censorship is prohibited. Only views inciting hatred, symbolising views such as Nazism, fascism, etc. may be prohibited. Furthermore – according to Articles 12 and 13 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – children have the right to hold their own views and express them freely.
No one has the right to prohibit the manifestation of their views through appearance, dress and words. A day such as Rainbow Friday is intended to raise public awareness of tolerance, love and acceptance – there is no rationale for banning demonstrations on this day.
Unfortunately, some education staff are trying to put the brakes on – variously expressed – demonstrations on this Friday, perhaps disguising this under the guise of offending religious feelings, the apolitical nature of the school, etc.
Manifesting one’s views, professing genuine tolerance and acceptance, is not an offence to religious feelings. Many schools have provisions in their statutes for educating young people in tolerance, acceptance, respect for others, etc. – These provisions are numerous and often take different forms, but at the same time they represent the same range of meaning. It would therefore be a contradiction in terms if schools were to prohibit something that is in line with their statutes.
The Constitution is on our side, as is the Convention on the Rights of the Child, don’t be afraid, demonstrate – and if you have problems – contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com we provide support for legal interventions and dispel doubts about the legal aspects of Rainbow Friday. If necessary, we will write a letter to the school informing them of their rights in this regard. We can also intervene at the level of the governing body. Of course, we also accept anonymous reports.
Please note that when organising events, lectures or information campaigns, you may need to obtain permission from the school management. If you have any doubts about the activities you are planning, we will be happy to answer them at the email addresses indicated.
Are you planning something for the day? Let us know!!! Our team would love to meet with you to show the world how you are creating an equal and safe school.