An Erasmus + project with Estonia and the Czech Republic
Starting in 2019, KUN together with Genderove informacni centrum NORA (Czech Republic) and the Eesti Naisteühenduste Ümarlaua Sihtasutus (Estonia) were granted Erasmus + funding to work on gender-sensitive education in schools.
The project aims to focus on the gender segregation in education and what effects can be found on a societal level. Representing three European countries with differing demographics, geographies, histories and current gender roles, the project partners will be offering their own insights while encouraging those taking the course to reflect on their own experiences, biases, privileges and possibilities.
The project addresses the issue of gender in education. It aims at enhancing teachers’ sensitivity to gender issues. In this way, it will contribute to more inclusive classroom environments where girls and boys can develop their competencies in a safe and welcoming atmosphere without the pressure of restrictive gender stereotypes.
Gender differences are often taken for granted in a school environment, but gender stereotypes have a strong influence on the achievement of children, and if teachers are not sensitive to issues related to gender, the school environment can reinforce sexist patterns in children’s everyday lives. The goal of this project is to help teachers be reflective on the existing gender order and gender stereotypes in society and their own biases, and act against this order. It is a very important component of the teachers’ competencies.
For more information, see the Czech partner's website, mainly in English (opens in a new window).
Most recent events:
The project events planned for 2022 include a workshop in Prague, where we hope to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th with the Norwegian Embassy. The study tour to Norway has been rescheduled for June 2022 and will be held in conjunction with the Norwegian dissemination event, before a final dissemination event in Brussels in August.
May 2020: Covid-19 and changes to the project progress plan
Due to the Covic-19 closedown in Europe starting mid-March, the planned joint staff training event, to take place in Steinkjer March 16th to 20th, was cancelled on very short notice. We have tentatively re-scheduled the event for March 2021.
The project group meeting in Tallinn planned for late June has similarly been cancelled and tentatively re-scheduled for October 2020. Work on the Intellectual Outputs will proceed as planned, with consultations on digital platforms.