The Centre for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy, in cooperation with the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, would like to invite representatives of schools and scientific institutions, representatives of associations of professionals and parent/student associations, all citizen groups that deal with education, youth, and gender, as well as the media, and all other interested parties, to apply to the round table:
“Gender and Education in Elementary School”
to be held on September 27th, 2013, starting at 10am,
at the conference room of the Institute for Philosophy, Kraljice Natalije street, Belgrade, first floor.
The goal of the conference is to gather the representatives of various subjects who have a part in the process of creating and executing education policy, that is, institutions, civil society and the scientific community, so as to present to the public their views on the application of the politics of gender equality in the education process, with an emphasis on elementary education. With this gathering, CELAP aims to open and continue the debate about the prevalence of certain topics that deal with gender inclusion in the early phases of the education process, such as:
1. What kind of support is expected from the managerial and logistical structures in the process of gender stabilization, and during the introduction of principles of gender equality in education (including both subject matter and general upbringing) in elementary schools?
2. In what way do the participants of the process of education and instruction in children, in elementary school (the school staff, psychologists, guidance councilors, parents and caretakers) take part in the transmitting or deconstructing of gender stereotypes in the everyday interaction with children?
3. What is the role of men in the care and attention paid to children from the earliest age? Does the road to the lowering of cases of juvenile delinquency and prevention of domestic violence necessarily mean a more active involvement on the part of fathers and male relatives in school and extracurricular work with male and female children?
4. In what way do children and youth as the active creators of their own identity understand the influence of stereotypical gender roles on their own life choices and life path?
The conference will present the report “Principles and Practice of Gender Inclusion in Elementary Schools in Europe.” The report considers the definition of gender in education systems of selected European states, the influence of gender stereotypes on success in school and selection of choice of further schooling, as well as the principles on which activities that encourage the abolition of gender discrimination are based in schools in Europe. Further, examples of activities that prevent various forms of discrimination will be presented.
The author of the report, Verica Pavić Centner thinks that “neither political nor economic inequality can be resolved without an educated and engaged female political cadre, as well as training for entrepreneurship and other lucrative branches. The next step is the increase in number of influential female politicians which in turn increases the investments in social services and social policy in general. To form a critical mass of women who make decisions, and in such an environment increase investment in children, health services, education, care for the elderly, cultural capital, to the detriment of the large gap between the rich and poor – that is, to insist on social responsibility.
The round table is being held as part of the project “Raising Awareness of Gender in Serbia,” financed by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade. The gathering will be moderated by Sanja Bojanić, with panels led by Jelena Ćeriman, Nađa Duahček, and Melita Ranđelović.
To apply, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 011 2646 242. Contact person is Gazela Pudar. Application deadline is September 20th, 2013. The conference is open to the public.