BUILDING THE CAPACITY OF HEAD TEACHERS ON GENDER RESPONSIVE PEDAGOGY METHODOLOGIES OF EFFECTIVE LEARNING AND TEACHING IN KABAROLE DISTRICT

Ms. Rosette Nanyanzi, the Research and Advocacy Officer Ministry of Education and Sports - Gender Unit, addressing participants on the overview of VACiS in Uganda during the Gender Responsive Pedagogy Training at Fort View Resort Hotel,  Fort portal Municipality.

Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda on 27th to 28th April, 2017 conducted training on Gender Responsive Pedagogy in relation to Violence against Children in and around School for 30 Head Teachers (4 female and 26 male) and 60 Teachers (32 female and 29 male) at Fort View Resort Hotel, Fort Portal Municipality.

The training aimed at empowering Teachers and Head Teachers on how to apply Gender Responsive Methodologies to effective learning and teaching; and it is expected to scale-up gender responsive methodologies in their teaching and learning environment so as to ensure realization of a gender responsive school.

While addressing participants at the training, Ms. Rosette Nanyanzi, the Research and Advocacy Officer, Ministry of Education and Sports (MOES) - Gender Unit shared harrowing statistics on Violence against Children in Uganda. She said, according to the MOES and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) 2012 study on the prevalence of Violence Against Children in Schools (VACiS), “77% and 82% of Primary and Secondary school students had respectively experienced sexual violence while 59% of children were subjected to defilement. Similarly 70% and 57% of primary and secondary school students respectively had experienced corporal punishment despite the government declaring a ban on the activity across Ugandan schools in 2010.”

She informed members that all the National and International legal frame work condemn  VACiS such as the Uganda Constitution (1995), children Act Cap 59 (2008), Education Act (2008), Maputo Protocol (2003) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). She further took participants through the reporting mechanisms for VACiS including; how to Report cases, Tracking, Response, and Referral (RTRR) guidelines modalities and urged them to vigilantly take responsibility for their actions as well as account for their mandate.

Mrs. Sarah Murungi, FAWEU Project Officer emphasized the fundamentals of gender responsive lesson planning, gender stereotypes in teaching and learning processes and how these affect the learner. She took participants through key issues to consider in making learning conducive such as: teaching and learning materials used, the methodologies, scheduled learning activities, classroom setup and interaction. She cautioned that “The teaching methods used ought to ensure equal participation of both boys and girls and if the school is mixed all learners should participate equitably and it should be for all learners (both brilliant and slow) during teaching sessions.” She also encouraged teachers to utilize different methods of teaching in classes including; group discussion, role play, debates, case studies and explorations.

At the end of training, participants learnt numerous Gender Responsive Pedagogy concepts ranging from gender aware, blind and responsive,  and discussed the importance of transforming schools from ordinary to gender responsive in all aspects including; the physical, academic and social environment; having gender responsive physical facilities and systems, gender responsive teachers to drastically reduce barriers girls face, have safe and conducive school environments for girls to learn and complete their education cycle as this will facilitate empowerment and build confidence of learners.

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