The Community of Practice on Gender and Education of KIX LAC held its third working session and webinar seminar “Educational policies for teacher training with a gender equality perspective in Latin America and the Caribbean”. This meeting, the third of 5 sessions, aimed to bring together again the members of the community and other public interested in the subject to continue working on the process of design and implementation of initiatives with a gender perspective based on experience, focusing this time on educational policies for teacher training with a gender perspective.
The panel was opened by Yeni Rivas, gender manager of the Ministry of Education of El Salvador and co-organizer of the KIX LAC community of practice, who made a presentation on “Teacher training as a tool for incorporating equity and equal educational opportunities between women and men”, where she stated that the generation of policies on this issue must be intersectoral, in addition to being based on legal frameworks supported by the education system so that they can have continuity over time.
She also valued the importance of diagnosing gaps in the education system, since the school plays a fundamental role in deconstructing or teaching new learning; “the classic education system had a sexist education, and those who reproduced it were the same teachers who entrenched inequality, so it is extremely important to adopt measures against discrimination against girls and women”.
Michelle Bratwhite, project specialist at the Ministry of Education of Grenada, then shared the country’s experience where there are still high levels of violence against women and girls, physical abuse and domestic violence. In this regard, the Ministry of Education together with the Ministry of Social Development, Housing and Gender Affairs are working on initiatives and curriculum policies to address this issue.
Some of them consider differentiating the types of students in order to include all of them; training for basic and tertiary education teachers; and the “Spotlight” initiative focused on addressing gender-based violence. This initiative covers: introduction of non-traditional families, gender norms, discrimination of LGTBQ+ students, implementation of strategies based on strategies, awareness raising and collaboration of teachers, an inclusive policy in the curriculum and learning processes.
Alana Domínguez, representative of the Secretariat of Education of Honduras, concluded the panel by sharing the experience being carried out at the national level, pointing out that they have based their work on Sustainable Development Goal 5, which indicates the empowerment of girls and women. She also indicated the importance of carrying out diagnoses at the local level and working mainly with teachers, since they do not have the necessary pedagogical tools for mainstreaming gender-based education and social actors often do not support this paradigm shift.
At the close of this third meeting, community participants asked questions to the speakers and were invited to participate in the fourth session to be held in January 2023.
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