A professor from the Highlands has been nominated for a national honor at the Proud Scotland Awards.
John Naples-Campbell, deputy principal of Highland Council Glen Urquhart Secondary School, has been nominated for the Educator’s Award at this year’s Proud Scotland Awards.
The Educator Award is given to an individual who has played a role in helping the LGBTQ + community break down barriers by educating others.
Mr. Naples-Campbell was nominated for dedicating his life to making every classroom in every school a safe and secure environment for learners, regardless of gender or sexuality.
He was the first teacher to be professionally recognized by the General Teaching Council (GTC) for Scotland for his work in LGBT education.
He created one of the first straight gay alliances at a Knox Academy school in 2008, where students won a documentary competition for their work in educating others about LGBT rights.
Working for the Time for Inclusive Education campaign, he has developed resources and training for teachers and delivered this training to over 500 teachers across Scotland.
Prior to joining Highland Council, he worked in Moray where he helped four high schools celebrate pride, allowing schools to embrace the diverse communities they serve.
Mr Naples-Campbell said: “‘I am truly honored to be nominated for this award. It has been a difficult time in education, but to know that the work we do to support young lesbians, gays,
bisexual, transgender and queer students in our schools are recognized and recognized by these special awards. “
He continued: ‘Section 28 still hangs over Scottish education – we are slowly moving away from this terrible time, but we must still continue to challenge misinformation and outdated views on LGBT education to ensure that our curriculum and our schools fit the 21st century. “Education is the most powerful tool we have to fight prejudice.”
Other nominees in the Educator Award category are: Gary Graham, Jacqui Forbes, Russell T Davies and Sarah Ross.
The awards ceremony will take place in Edinburgh on October 2, 2021; hosted by Channel 4 ‘It’s a Sin’ actor David Carlyle.