The project activities would aim to raise the level of gender inclusiveness in elementary education in Serbia through implementation of the training program for teachers and also to enhance the cooperation between Regional Centres for Professional Development of School Staff and schools, as well as, between teachers and parents.
Specific objectives include:
- Increasing capacity of all target groups for implementing gender inclusive content: providing skills for teachers and parents through trainings, promoting gender inclusive content in curriculum and strengthening Centres capacity for the application of the principle of gender equality in the future work.
- Supporting and opening the space for cooperation between all target groups: increasing the participation of parents in the schooling process and cooperation of Regional Centres and schools.
The advocacy process which was part of our last year project “Gender Familiarization in Serbia” resulted in successfully obtaining accreditation for our training “All Our Identities” from the Institute for the Advancement of Education, for the school years 2014/15. and 2015/16. (http://katalog2015.zuov.rs/Program2015.aspx?katbroj=72&godina=2014/2015)
During the implementation of three pilot trainings for teachers in the past school year, the training participants themselves suggested that it would be beneficial to provide parental involvement in the trainings since the seminar gives space for participants to discuss various issues in the field of education and parenting, in the first place, opportunities for participation of parents in school work, and building a relationship of trust and constant open communication between students, teachers and parents. Also, teachers pointed out that the training has a good methodology because the characteristics of the local context in which the learning process takes place were included in its content. Therefore, we found Regional Centres for Professional Development of School Staff, as a institution of civil service, our main target group, because the purpose of their establishment is: to provide the opportunity for schools to adjust professional development with the needs in their region, as well as with the education development strategy at the national level and to reduce costs of professional development of school staff by organizing trainings in the workplace or in vicinity.
In the first phase, promotion of our training “All Our Identities” is directed to Regional Centres in Niš, Čačak and Kikinda. Those three cities were chosen in order to cover different regions in Serbia (Southern Serbia, West-Central Serbia and Autonomous Province of Vojvodina).
- The first phase of the project would be establishing the cooperation with Regional Centres – process of advocating for implementing training for gender equality in education. Cooperation will be established through meetings with Regional Centres’ management.
- Second stage would be organizing training in Regional Centres and it would include teachers, psychologists and pedagogues from schools and representatives from Parents’ Councils. Groups would consist of approximately 20 participants. The plan is to organize 6 separate trainings for 2 local schools in each Regional Center. During the implementation of the seminar a documentary film will be made and it will provide detailed insight into the needs and constraints regarding gender inclusive education among teachers and parents, together with specific recommendations on the necessary steps needed to implement this type of education among them.
- Organizing „School of Parenting” in selected Regional Centres (6 trainings). The 1-day training will include some of the topics which are connected with gender differences in parenting: upbringing styles, the impacts of the media on upbringing of children, the importance of peer groups in childhood, the role of school and professional orientation.
Content of this training will be tailored to also address possible issues that will arise from trainings realized in the second stage of our project. As establishing cooperation between schools and parents is one of the goals in this project, „Schools of Parenting“ will also include representatives from schools: school pedagogues, psychologists and members of schools Team for Students Protection from Violence, Abuse and Neglect. Also, the second day will be reserved for joint effort in mapping the areas that are potentially fruitful for enhancing this cooperation. Each training group will be consisted of 20 participants.
- The project will provide a document – an analysis of detailed insight into the needs and constraints regarding implementation of gender inclusive education among teachers on local level, together with specific recommendations on the necessary steps needed to implement this type of education through work of Regional Centres. Besides this, it will also contain recommendations for increasing the participation of parents in process of education, together with examples of good practices of cooperation between school and parents to raise gender inclusivity in education.
- The project will end with round table with press conference “Families and Schools on the Same Task”, which will be used for presentation of the main achievements of the project and providing comitment of all stakeholders to the theme. Together with the awareness campaign in close cooperation with media, the project will lead to larger acknowledgement of the idea of gender inclusive education as a precondition to gender equality, respecting women’s rights and overall human rights.