New classroom materials and training modules which aim to tackle gender stereotyping, gender-based bullying and gender-based violence in primary and post-primary schools have been launched by Dublin City University.
Former President of Ireland, Dr Mary McAleese, and DCU Chancellor, Dr Martin McAleese, supported the launch of these educational resources at a virtual event.
Led by Dr Seline Keating from the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at DCU’s Institute of Education, the Gender Equality Matters project is funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union and comprises a collaborative partnership between 5 EU countries.
It aims to raise awareness, build confidence and enhance capacity levels among children, adolescents, parents and educators in challenging attitudes and behaviours that undermine gender equality.
The free of charge classroom materials are available in English, Spanish, Greek, Italian and Dutch. As part of the lessons, children will learn about: rights and equality; gender stereotyping; gender based bullying and violence; and how they can make a difference.
As a class they will discuss people in the community that have made a difference and discuss the lives of influential leaders such as Greta Thunberg, John Hume and Malala Yousafzai.
Along with work in schools with pupils and teachers, the Gender Equality Matters project also provides training to parents in the schools involved, but also through parent groups such as parents’ associations, and national representative groups such as the National Parents’ Council.
Speaking about the project, Dr Seline Keating said:
“Using an equality and rights-based approach and guided by an Advisory Group, we developed age-appropriate classroom materials for use in upper primary schools.
“These are grounded in the SPHE curriculum and school policies such as anti-bullying, wellbeing and child protection.
“We’ve been piloting these materials with over 1000 children in Irish, Spanish, Italian and Greek schools since 2019 and the feedback has been incredibly positive as no other resource of its kind has been available until now.”
It is hoped that these classroom materials will help schools when teaching about gender equality.
They are free of charge and available to any interested school by visiting www.genderequalitymatters.eu or by contacting the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre at DCU.
Gender Equality Matters: Tackling gender stereotyping, gender-based bullying and gender-based violence is led by Dr. Seline Keating (Principal Investigator), from DCU National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre.
She is assisted by Dr. Bernie Collins, Mr. Derek Laffan and Ms. Sarah Hayes.
The EU partner organisations are KMOP Social Action and Innovation Centre, Dr. Margarita Gerouki (Greece), Fondazione Mondo Digitale, Ms. Annaleda Mazzucato (Italy), University of Murcia Group of Research in Educational Technology, Prof. Paz Prendes (Spain) and the European School Heads Association (ESHA), Mr. Edwin Katerberg.