With the aim to help students understand gender discrimination and to encourage the practice of gender equality in a classroom, Mount Litera Zee School, Alwar, conducted a series of activities on the issue in their school.
Using the “Equality is Gender Free” toolkit provided by Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education (HRE) programme’s, the teachers were able to highlight the complex issues of gender discrimination, and foster a basic understanding of gender equality among the students.
Organised from the 8th to the 12th of March 2016, the awareness drive kick-started with a special assembly. To celebrate Women’s Day, an inspiring song on gender equality, which was composed by one of the teachers, was sung by students from classes III and IV.
More activities on the issue of gender equality were conducted over the next few days, including a storytelling session which helped explore gender stereotypes through some common stories. Students were then asked to discuss what they might do if they faced such situations in their lives. Another exercise which was enthusiastically received was a skit on general stereotypes faced by students in schools, which was enacted by the class IX students. Teachers also suggested that classrooms create and maintain a ‘Gender Board’, where students could showcase articles, drawings and paintings related to gender inequality.
The activities culminated with an interactive guest lecture on how gender issues could be tackled in school and in society. This discussion brought in many positive reactions, with students raising strong discussion points on gender discrimination and why breaking these gender stereotypes is imperative for a rights-respecting society.
MLZS Alwar and Amnesty International India’s Human Rights Education programme continue to work towards building student perspectives on human rights by developing positive attitudes towards society. If you would like to know more about our Gender kit, you can download it here.