Educational Toolkit To Help Fight Gender Stereotypes in School

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December 16, 2021
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Educational toolkits to help fight gender stereotypes in school

By Learn 2 Change’s Team and PPMi

Learn to Change’s Team is glad to introduce the Educational toolkits to help fight gender stereotypes in collaboration with PPMi.

  • Overview: Why Toolkits and why are they focusing on the transport sector?
  • Who are these toolkits for?
  • What does they contain and how to use them?
  • How and where to download them?

Why Toolkits and why are they focusing on the transport sector?

The educational toolkits developed for the European Commission challenge learners in primary and secondary schools to identify and question gender stereotypes and discover career opportunities in the transport sector. The sector is bigger and more varied than young people see and perceive it to be.

It is also changing rapidly and becoming increasingly digitized and sustainable. The sector is expected to grow and employ more highly skilled workers in the future, especially those with competences in engineering and technology.

These toolkits show that the opportunities on offer within the rapidly changing transport sector are not restricted to a particular gender. Currently, only 22% of the people working in the transport sector are women. Many girls do not consider a career path in transport because gender stereotypes and expectations lead them in a different professional direction.

The main purpose of this toolkit is to make young learners understand that occupations are not reserved for a particular gender while they learn about the transport sector as a possible career option for anyone.

The toolkits aim to encourage learners to challenge gender stereotypes, explore the world of opportunities and develop transferable skills critical for the 21st century.

Who are toolkits for?

The toolkits are developed in different ways focusing on the target group they refer to.

One is developed for primary school teachers and primary school young learners (6-7 years old) and the other one is developed for secondary school teachers and secondary school young learners (14-15 years old).

They both aim to organize discussions in the classroom to effectively address gender stereotypes based on the example of the transport sector. They differ in the type of activities proposed on the basis of the target audience.

What do they contain?

The toolkits contain a series of tools to support the ultimate goal, which is to create debates around the topic.

Support documents for teachers are included to allow them to analyze where they stand regarding gender-sensitive pedagogy and all the issues raised in the toolkit.

Toolkits also comprise a set of learning activities that allow teachers and learners to tackle different gender stereotypes and explore the extent to which schools are stereotype-free environments or not.

Learning activities in this toolkits help teachers and learners explore two main aspects: first, they will be able to analyze how gender stereotypes are particularly present in the world of work; second, they will examine how important career decisions are made in a person’s life and the influence they have in a person’s future and personal development – access to work-life balance, goods and services, etc.

These toolsets invite teachers to reflect on the experience of having worked with toolkits in class, and in what ways this experience has changed their perceptions about gender-sensitive pedagogy and all the other issues raised in the toolkit.

This is a visual map of what the toolkits contain:

How and where to download them?

The toolkits are available in 24 languages for use in all EU Member States.


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