Plan International Canada is pleased to share the Gender Responsive Pedagogy Teacher Training (GRPTT) pack. The GRPTT provides a practical approach to integrating gender equality into child-centered pedagogical training. It supports teachers to explore their personal experiences of gender and then identify and respond to key issues faced by boys and girls in their schools and learning environments.
Gender transformative education: more than just girls’ schooling
Ensuring that girls can equally, and meaningfully, participate in school is vital. However, numerical equality alone is not enough. Education can also be a powerful tool for social change, promoting girls’ inherent agency, and for achieving gender equality.
A gender transformative approach to education goes beyond recognizing gender disparities within the education system and the learning experience of the student, and strives to harness the full potential of education to transform attitudes and practices within and beyond the education system to contribute to a broader environment of gender justice for girls and boys in all their diversity.
Gender equality ‘to’, ‘in’ and ‘through’ education
This means recognizing the root causes of discriminatory gender norms and unequal power relationships and structures, and analyzing how the tools and process of education can bring about change. For example, child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) is both a root cause and an outcome of gender inequality which can have a devastating effect on a girl’s education.
A gender transformative approach responds to this by targeting the prejudicial laws that restrict access to school for married adolescents, engaging with communities, including girls themselves, boys and men, women and other community influencers to challenge such practices, and promoting teaching approaches and curricula that counter gender inequalities and empower learners to realize their right to education.
Plan International Guidance Note: Gender Transformative Education and Programming (2020)