Facilitating Equality Through Education

Facilitating Equality Through Education



The scope of this initiative was to challenge gender roles and stereotypes that form part of the formal education process, and that lead primary and secondary school students to aspire for work and private life roles influenced by their gender rather than their interests. 
It sensitised students and teachers on gender equality, and on the responsibility of men and fathers in carrying out tasks that are still associated to women’s / mother’s traditional role.
An analysis on the perceptions of children (primary and secondary students) on the roles of men and women in the domestic sphere as parents, as well as in professional careers.
The results from the research analyses carried out in Malta, Cyprus and Latvia, showed that progress has been made in past decades towards a more gender balanced society, but gender imbalances were still evident in education systems.

 Facilitating Equality Through Education Research Report 2006

Training seminars were provided to teachers and prospective teachers on gender equality and work-life balance.  Teachers discussed gender issues, and the need for allowing boys and girls to have equal access to educational tools.  Moreover, they were sensitised to use gender-neutral language in their presentations of work and family responsibilities.
Awareness Raising:
This project entailed the production and printing of stationery, for example bookmarks, posters, colouring book and other promotional materials that were disseminated through an activity week held in Valletta.  The public was invited to attend a one hour interactive theatre session that covered various aspects of family life and presented a model of a symmetrical family. 
               Project Ref.      VP/2004/019
               Project Name   Facilitating Equality through Education
               Fund                 Community Framework Strategy on Gender Equality
               Start Date         August 2005
               End Date          February 2007
               Partners            University of Malta
                                        Ministry for Education, Youth and Employment
               National Machinery for Women’s Rights, Cyprus
                                        Coalition for Gender Equality, Latvia


 Contact Name 
National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE)
Gattard House,
National Road,
Blata l-Bajda HMR 9010
(+356) 2295 7850