Title of Product
Doorways III: Teacher Training Manual on School-Related Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response
Name of Author(s)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
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Description of Contents
As part of a comprehensive educational package, this training manual was designed to train teachers to help prevent and respond to school-related gender-based violence by reinforcing teaching practices and attitudes that promote a safe learning environment for all students. The manual provides participatory training sessions that equip teachers with knowledge and practices on developing proper attitudes towards young people, understanding gender issues, school-related gender-based violence and human rights (particularly the rights of the child). It guides teachers on how to create a safe and supportive classroom environment, to support young people to avoid or cope with school-related gender-based violence and how to develop an action plan in school.
It includes the following modules:
Attitudes Towards Young People;
Gender; Violence and School-Related Gender-Based Violence;
Creating a Safe and Supportive Classroom Environment;
Response – Support, Referral and Reporting;
Action Plan and Pledge.
Gender violence in and around school has been recognised in recent years as a serious global phenomenon. We have ignored for too long what goes on in the school environment. The sad fact is that schools are not always the child-friendly places we expect them to be. Violence can be perpetrated by pupils or teachers in or around the school, or by out of school youth and/or older men who demand sex in exchange for money or gifts. Acts of gender violence are disproportionately directed at girls, but boys and teachers can also be targets.
This booklet, Teacher Training Manual on School-Related Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response, has the merit to address a still profound problem that affects our societies and schools. The physical, psychological and sexual abuse suffered by both girls and boys at the hands of their classmates or others drives children out of school and can leave long lasting scars invisible to the eye.
This is quite a useful manual for all those teachers and headmasters that want to help prevent and respond the problem by reinforcing teaching practices and attitudes that promote a safe learning environment for all students.