Gender-Sensitive Education

Overarching Goals

  • Equal opportunity in education for everyone: because, although right now the level of education is increasing overall, some groups of boys—especially those who are hard to reach or form part of refugee communities—are not benefiting from current political measures.
  • Diversity among teaching staff: allowing children to experience diverse role models in everyday life requires a balanced ratio of men to women in teaching positions.
  • Educational institutions view addressing gender issues as part of their responsibility—at universities as well as schools. 

Demands

  • Critical differentiation rather than generalizations: boys and girls do not constitute homogeneous groups of people. Instead of talking about the failure to get boys’ educational attainment in general up to par with that of girls, we need targeted and gender-sensitive approaches for children who require additional support. This includes in particular boys and girls who are hard to reach or part of refugee communities. männer.ch is doing work to support this development.
  • Children need male role models: männer.ch advocates for increasing the engagement of men in the education, childcare, and caregiving sectors.
  • Gender must be a topic in curricula: männer.ch demands teaching styles and curricula that critically reflect upon gender roles and thereby help diversify the ways boys and girls choose to live their lives.

Immediate Objective

männer.ch/masculinities.ch is contributing to changing social perceptions through MAKI [More Men in Childcare] (2015-2017), a project that seeks to increase the number of men who become professionals in the childcare sector.

 

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