Primary school teachers in communities near Gorongosa National Park are now trained how to use sensitive and gender-transforming teaching techniques as a way to protect girls from inequality in the schools.
Gender inequality is still an issue for some schools where priority is given to boys over girls, perpetuating harmful social and cultural norms.
With help from the Gorongosa Girls’ Clubs and Teachers’ Clubs, primary school staff now have the knowledge they need to protect girls, disseminate sensitive information and engage in gender-transforming teaching techniques.
The training lasts for three days and takes place within the framework of the Priority Families project. Funded in part by the Canadian government and coordinated by the Gorongosa Restoration Project, each class is designed to help women and girls have a voice and enjoy their human rights.
Once the training is finished, the teachers are encouraged to replicate the subjects they learn, train other teachers and support women to be more active and committed to the communities where they live.
A total of 14 teachers received the initial training, delivered with the assistance of primary schools, the Family Assistance Office; Child Victims of Violence of the PRM; the Women, Children in the District Service of Health, Women and Social Action; the District Service of Education, and Youth; and Technologies of the District of Cheringoma.
Story / photos – Janado Nazare Cher