UNESCO organises sub-regional workshop on gender and diversity

Dodowa, Ghana July 14, 2015 –  Representatives from Togo, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana are attending a 4-day training workshop to increase their understanding on school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) and to strengthen their capacities on how to integrate SRGBV in school curriculum especially at the primary and lower secondary levels.

Mr Dos Santos addressing participants

Mr Dos Santos addressing participants

The training workshop on “gender and diversity class room activities” is organized by UNESCO, in partnership with the National Commission on UNESCO of the Ministry of Education.

A policy paper on SRGBV issued by UNESCO and partners at the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March this year, indicates that SRGBV is a global concern, preventing children, especially girls, from exercising their right to a safe, inclusive and quality education.  Despite this realization however, not much, in terms of policy directions, has been done to reduce its prevalence. Participants attending the workshop are therefore expected to gain increased knowledge and understanding of SRGBV to be able to train teachers and other educational actors in their countries to integrate activities on diversity and gender into their lesson planning.

The Director of UNESCO Ghana, Mr Tirso Dos Santos said gender equality in the world of education is crucial if we are to empower and transform the lives of young people.  He said UNESCO and partners will continue to work to ensure a “non-violent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all” as indicative in the post-2015 development agenda.

Group Picture of Participants

Group Picture of Participants

The Programme Officer in Charge of Science at the National Commission on UNESCO in Ghana, under the Ministry of Education, Mr. Asare Apollonious, commended the UN for its global initiatives in promoting global citizenship and the development of individuals who are becoming critical thinkers. He further echoed the need for educational institutions to critically think through issues of diversity and gender education, especially in Africa where these issues are usually relegated to the background. He said this workshop will help the countries affected to be open to the happenings of the globalized world.

The Senior project Officer of the Health and Global Citizenship Education Section of UNESCO, Paris, Ms Joanna Herat emphasized the relevance of the workshop and the significance of the participants’ responses on reviewing the Global Guidance on SRGBV draft report in order to improve its quality, assess its practicality and relevance to the countries and institutions present.