Insight into Generation Equality
Changing the mindset...
Starting at the home and school level educators, parents, family members and caregivers need to understand that language and words have a powerful impact on a growing children. There should not be a specific way to speak to boys and a different way to speak to girls.
Our program aims to break through these stereotypes and help children and the people they come into regular contact with to change the narrative. The use of positive gender equal communication is an important key towards stimulating young minds to develop a gender equal mindset.
Our 6 to 9 year learners will be presented with a gender equality toolkit. Their task will be to choose an activity related to a career that they feel drawn to. They will then be asked to create a story based on the career choice they made and whether its a career for both genders or for a specific gender. The learners, with the help of the teacher, will think about their own understanding and with specific questions asked by the teachers will be able to learn about equality between genders as well as learning about the ability of individuals to accomplish a task over the acceptance that certain tasks can only be accomplished by a specific gender. . They will then use their artistic expression to create a story, rhyme or artwork based on what they learned. Any activity that promotes critical thinking and relearning of gender equality will inspire the learners to not accept outdated stereotypes.
The second toolkit for the 10 to 12 year olds is a story telling toolkit where they create a story with the learner as the central character. the focus is on allowing the learners creative expression to imagine a world where they are capable of following their dream or goals and breaking through gender stereotypes.
We have also designed individual and group activities that will encourage creative expression, critical thinking and positive interaction between genders. Both groups will be handed activities throughout the year that will include tasks and goals with timelines. It will also include photos, artwork, short stories and other collaborative work which the school will be able to create as Generation Equality Collage which teachers from different classes or schools can challenge each other to create for a Generation Equality School Event.