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KINDLE EQUALITY: Equality in, stereotypes out – Teachers for Future Generations

Children encounter gender bias at an early age, and it potentially builds their attitudes and beliefs that influence the development of their interpersonal and self-relationships.

Teachers and other educational professionals (psychologists, pedagogues, educational rehabilitators, speech therapists) have a significant influence on the way children develop ideas about the meaning of gender and can be the ones who influence the choice of future occupations related to gender, but can also be and are the factors of social change.

 

Stereotypical way of thinking: Girls need to know how to cook; boys need to know how to fix bikes.

 

Non-stereotypical way of thinking: Everyone should devote more time to the things they like to do.

 

To reduce gender stereotypes it is necessary to include various “players” in the educational process in the promotion of gender equality.

The main goal of the project is to CHANGE ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR about gender equality and gender stereotypes in the classroom. Upon completion of educations and training, which will be part of the project, and with the continuous support of a digital platform, teachers will develop competencies that they will be able to permanently apply in their work in a way to continuously increase gender equality and reduce gender stereotypes in classrooms, especially during subjects from the STEM area.

Through the transfer of knowledge and experience to their colleagues, teachers, and other professionals, who have undergone training within the project, to acquire competencies that will contribute to the continuous strengthening of gender equality in education in all areas of the curriculum. They will thus become influential torch-bearers of a lasting change in society.

Objectives of project activities:

  • Raise the level of awareness of education professionals about their own gender stereotypes, unconscious biases, and expectations of gender roles and upgrade knowledge about their reduction
  • Raise the awareness of preschool educators and early childhood care professionals about their own gender stereotypes and how their gender-biased attitudes and behaviour affect children’s future life decisions, their educational opportunities, career choices, and employment
  • Facilitate the change of attitudes and behaviour of teachers and professional associates in education regarding gender equality and gender stereotypes in the classroom through a series of project activities

Activities:

  • Conference
  • Train the trainer  workshops for preschool teachers, primary school teachers, professional associates in primary schools (psychologists, pedagogues, speech therapists, and rehabilitation educators) and primary school subject teachers (mathematics, physics, informatics, technical)
  • Online educational platform containing educational materials
  • Interactive cards “EQUALITY IN – STEREOTYPES OUT”
  • Brochures
  • Research
  • Study trip to Vienna for teachers with the best achievements

The project will be strongly covered by the media through a series of articles in the press and electronic media, as well as participation in radio and TV shows.

The project holder is the Institute for Research and Education Working Mother, and the partners are the City of Zagreb and the Association for the Affirmation of Women’s Potential (AFA).

The project is implemented in the period from February 1st, 2021 to January 31st, 2023.

The implementation of the project is co-financed by the European Commission through the REC program (Rights, Equality, and Citizenship). The project’s value is EUR 354,217.08, of which the European Commission participates with EUR 283,373.66.

PROJECT COORDINATOR
Institute for Research and Education Working Mother
PARTNERS
City of Zagreb
AFA Association
The implementation of the project is co-financed by the European Commission through the REC program (Rights, Equality and Citizenship).
European Comission
This information has been published within the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020) project „EQUALITY IN – STEREOTYPES OUT – Teachers for Future Generations“. The contents of this website are the sole responsibility of the Institute for research and education Working Mother. The European Commission does not accept any responsibility for use that may be made of the information it contains.