Dealing with gender inequality in school
School is a place where we expect to learn new skills and increase our knowledge about things, people and the world we live in. It’s a place where we make some of our best friendships and where some of our biggest dreams are formed. We do not expect to worry about being treated differently because of our gender. Unfortunately, gender inequality can be found to exist within the school environment. While we strive for a gender equal society, we need to address this issues. Here is a quick look at how you can deal with gender-inequality in school.
Gender inequality in the classroom
It is not always easy to recognise when we are being unfair towards each other. Which is why it is important to recognise our ideas and ideals so that we do not discriminate against gender. For example, there are times when you discuss sexual reproductive systems in class. It is important not to make fun of each other because this can lead to learners feeling insecure and unhappy about themselves. We are all different and that is okay. We can celebrate each other’s differences instead.
One of the best ways to deal with gender-inequality in school, is by helping your friends and classmates understand what it is. For example, you can approach your Life Orientation educators or your English educator and ask if they can help you address the topic of gender inequality in a fun and classroom-friendly way.
One of the best ways to deal with gender inequality is to create awareness. We want more people to understand that girls and boys should have equal rights to participate in school activities. No learner should be discriminated against. You can spread awareness by sharing a post on your social media platforms. Share your views with your friends at school and online.
Lead by example
Sometimes you need to do what you expect others to do. So it might be a great idea to show your friends and fellow learners what acceptance and non-judgment looks like. You can talk to your friends and open up conversations about striving for a gender-equal school environment.
Every learner has the right to be heard and to participate in school activities that they choose. So it is important that we bring awareness of gender-inequality that we see at school. Of course, the point is not to be disrespectful to your educators and your fellow learners but you can do little things every day that will help achieve gender equality in the long run.
What do you think you can start to do in your school to promote gender equality? Comment below.
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