Developing 18 educational modules

The Gender ABC team has just developed a comprehensive Education Programme on gender identity, gender equality, gender based violence (GBV) and harmful practices that will soon be available in six languages. These tools will be made accessible to schools in all countries involved in the project and to additional countries that have the same project languages. In Portugal, the project will be implemented by APF - Associação para o Planeamento da Família.

The Education Programme comprises 12 modules for secondary school students and 6 modules for primary school students, plus 1 module on risk assessment for focal points at schools. A couple of modules (i.e. Social Norms and Gender Stereotypes, and gender-based violence) will be mandatorily implemented in all countries. The rest of the modules will be optional and each school – together with the Gender ABC team – will decide which ones to implement in relation to the context of the country and of the specific areas where schools are located. In Portugal, the education activities with children will be implemented in 6 schools (3 secondary and 3 primary) of the metropolitan region of Lisbon, aiming a total of 504 children.

We expect to implement the programme on an average of 8-10 education sessions per class in secondary school, and 6-8 education sessions per class in primary school. Each education session is planned to last from 45 to 120 minutes, and it is based on a participatory approach that informs the whole project construction. In APF we are currently translating the Education Programme to Portuguese, and looking forward to soon sharing it with you!