The For Vietnamese Stature Foundation and related parties conducted a training course on gender-sensitive education for nearly 30 teachers in Muong Khuong district of the northern province of Lao Cai at the end of July.
This is an activity in the framework of the initiative Gender Stereotype Circle Breaking – one of the four initiatives to be sponsored by the Asian Gender Trainers’ Network Programme.
During the two days of training, through experiential games, role-playing, and debating methods, the teachers had the chance to gain knowledge about gender concepts, gender equality, norms, stereotypes, and domestic and international legal frameworks.
In particular, teachers at Ban Lau Primary School and Muong Khuong Primary School No.1 participated in training units to find gender stereotypes and norms in textbooks and teaching activities, thereby suggesting appropriate solutions to students.
“I will pose questions in my lessons so that the students can realise that today's females and males have equal rights to choose a career which suits their desires and abilities,” said Nguyen Thi Thua, a teacher at Ban Lau Primary School.
|The For Vietnamese Stature Foundation promotes gender equality in education with a training course for teachers in mountainous regions |
How to organise experiential games and improvisational plays are two new methods that teachers approached and practised in the training course in order to integrate knowledge about gender equality in education, as well as to encourage positivity from students.
|“With this plan, teachers can gradually nurture an appropriate gender-neutral mindset of equality in the students and encourage them to take action,” said Doan Van Chu, principal of Ban Lau Commune Primary School. |
At the training session, the management board, homeroom teachers, and subject teachers worked together to develop a detailed action plan to implement gender equality promotion activities in the 2022-2023 school year. This is a new step for the school to contribute to a fair and equal society in the future.
“With this plan, teachers can gradually nurture an appropriate gender-neutral mindset of equality in the students and encourage them to take action. The students can spread this to their relatives and friends, and in the long run, they will become active contributors to the eradication of gender stereotypes and stigmata. The training session was really meaningful," said Doan Van Chu, principal of Ban Lau Commune Primary School.
As planned, the next training activity for 40 key ethnic minority students at Ban Lau Commune Primary School will be carried out this September. Teachers enrolled in the training course will directly participate in supporting this activity.
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