Dodowa, 15 July 2015 – The Director of Policy, Budgeting, Monitoring & Evaluation of the Ministry of Education, Mr. Joseph Adomako, says basic schools are a crucial environment for tackling or addressing school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV). He said the management of institutional and societal changes is most effective at this level of education, due to the fact that this is a crucial stage of socialization.
Mr. Adomako was speaking at a four-day sub-regional workshop on strengthening the institutional capacity of Ministries of Culture, Education and Health to deliver comprehensive sexuality education intervention for young people in the ECOWAS region. He said enhancing the knowledge and experts to be able to integrate modules that promote diversity and gender education in schools is highly significant to the creation and strengthening of critical thinkers and commended UNESCO for organizing the workshop.
He expressed the hope that the workshop would result in “gravitate changes across the various government institutions [represented] to work collaboratively in ensuring an effective environment for teaching and learning.
The workshop is being attended by over 45 participants from Togo, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. They would be expected to integrate SRGBV in school curriculum especially at the primary and lower secondary levels.
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 because it prevents 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.