A qualitative vocational school is not only a place to learn a profession, but also a place to forge open-minded citizens that defy instead of reinforcing gender stereotypes. Certain social developments are easier to achieve than others and gender inequality it’s a reality that will not go away without dedicated actions.
To make this a reality in the vocational schools supported by ‘Skills for Jobs’ S4J, the project has identified 6 teachers as Gender Contact Points, in the front line to help make their vocational schools a better place. The network played an important role during the outreach campaign through ‘Meet Every Girl’ initiative (March – May 2018), aiming to increase the number of girls enrolled in vocational education. During the ‘Knowledge Fair’ in May, gender contact points presented to other colleagues techniques on how to make teaching more gender-sensitive.
In June, the network got together for a one-day training which aimed to find ways to make a real impact in their schools by working together with their colleagues, school management, students and parents. The role and responsibilities of the Gender Contact Person were defined, assisted by experts of the field and experts from the ‘Skills for Jobs’ S4J team. The network discussed on action plans for each of the Gender Contact Points, which they will start developing in early September.
We expect a bumpy ride, but also plenty of success stories on the way.