In Portugal, the national pandemic containment programme decreed the closure of schools on the 16th of March; consequently, Gender ABC school training was suspended.
Overall, we have been working with three school groups of three municipalities: Amadora, Lisboa and Odivelas. In each school group (namely Amadora Oeste, D. Dinis and Braacamp Freire), we have been working with two schools (one primary school and one secondary school); in each school we have booked training for three classes, with an average of 21 students per class.
So far, we have completed the students’ training in the municipality of Amadora, where we trained 154 students, distributed over six classes in two schools (the secondary school Seomara da Costa Primo and the primary school Francisco Manuel de Melo). Through distant learning, Amadora Oeste’s students keep preparing the creative outputs on Prevention of Gender Based Violence to feed the final event, which is open to families and communities.
Students from Lisbon and Odivelas will resume the Gender ABC training programme as soon as the school boards and the national pandemic containment programme will allow it.
Overall, the topics addressed by Gender ABC have been considered useful.