In India, boys and girls should learn expected and accepted behaviours so that attitudes can be shaped from an early age. The public education system is uniquely placed to influence and shape children’s understanding of gender stereotypes and roles. It has a responsibility to ensure that children have access to a rights-based, quality education, which is rooted in gender equality. Where women and men live in relationships built on cooperation and mutual respect, and no one is valued more or less just because they are a girl or boy.How the programme evolved
Teachers have a unique role in the lives of their students. Teachers can serve as role models and guide students to reach their hopes and dreams. They can play a key role in imparting gender education and ensuring that schools adhere to the programme.
Children partake in activities such as role plays, games, debates and discussions to engage in meaningful and relevant interaction and reflection about key issues of gender and violence.
A snapshot of our GEMS program run in collaboration with CORO, ICRW, TISS, Mumbai’s Municipal Corporation, at Brihanmumbai Shahajinagar Municipal School