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1/19/2019 9:56:38 PM

Toolkit to prevent gender-based violence in schools introduced to Vietnam

(VNF) - The Ministry of Education and Training, ChildFund Vietnam and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on January 18 introduced the toolkit Connect with Respect to over 100 teachers from 7 provinces/cities in Vietnam.


Head of UN Women in Vietnam, Elisa Fernandez Saenz, speaks at the introduction event. Photo: ChildFund VN

 The toolkit, aiming to prevent gender-based violence in schools, was adjusted to the context of Vietnam and will be piloted in secondary schools in Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Hoa Binh, Ha Noi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh city.

The toolkit Connect with Respect: Preventing gender-based violence in schools has been compiled based on the results of scientific research conducted in the Asia-Pacific region, with the objective of supporting secondary school teachers in preventing gender violence in schools, through interactive activities and lessons. The designed activities will encourage constructive relationships, gender equality and solidarity among students aged 11 to 14.

This material can be used in schools and other informal education facilities, such as community learning or literacy programs, and can also be adapted for older or younger students.

The toolkit was developed by the University of Melbourne with the support of the School-Related Gender-Based Violence working group, under the East Asia and Pacific United Nations Girls Education Initiative (UNGEI) and Unite to end violence against women project (with the participation of Plan International, UN Women, UNESCO and UNICEF). 

Speaking about the toolkit, Head of UN Women in Vietnam, Elisa Fernandez Saenz said: “We appreciate the efforts of the Ministry of Education and Training in the decision of testing the toolkit to provide quality, comprehensive and equal education for all children. Children need to learn about how to build and maintain the relationships in school based on respect and equality, from which they will apply these principles in their lives.”

According to ChildFund Vietnam’s Country Director, Nguyen Thi Bich Lien children and adolescents today are facing many new challenges in such a turbulent world. “They not only need to make great efforts in their studies but also need to be supported to enhance their knowledge and appropriate behavioral understanding to be global citizens so that when they grow up they can affirm with confidence I am educated, I have a future,” she stated.


Teachers attending the toolkit introduction session. Photo: ChildFund

It is estimated that 246 million girls and boys experience violence in schools each year around the world.

In Vietnam, the number of gender-based violence cases in schools is increasing. According to a study conducted by UNESCO on gender-based violence in schools in six provinces in the North, Central and South of Vietnam in 2015, more than half of the students participating in the study said they had been victims of at least one violent act within the previous 6 months. Students in the first grades of secondary school were the most affected.

Gender-based violence in schools not only affects academic performance but also negatively affects mental health, causing students to become self-deprecating and depressed. In some cases it led to unwanted pregnancy and sexual transmitted diseases such as HIV. This has increased the risk of children dropping out of school.

In addition, recent studies show that gender-based violence in schools can be associated with the loss of one primary grade of schooling - about USD 17 billion a year to low and middle income countries. This figure is higher than the total amount of international funding for education interventions every year./.

  ( P.Y )
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