Connect with Respect

Authors/editor(s): UNESCO Bangkok

Preventing gender-based violence in schools

Classroom Programme for Students in Early Secondary School (ages 11-14)

Students learn best in schools that provide safety and social support. However, some young people experience violence and harassment in, around, and on the way to school. This includes gender-based violence (GBV), which can take many different forms. As a teacher, you can play an important role in preventing the expression of gender-based violence in the school setting. Teachers, school principals and the broader education system can provide positive role models, empower children and youth to have healthy and respectful relationships, and deliver a violence prevention programme within their curriculum.

This tool has been created to help schools in Asia and the Pacific to do all of these things.

This tool has been designed to assist teachers, like you, to deliver education programmes in early secondary school. It has been designed for students between 11 and 14 years of age, but can be adapted for use with older students. It provides age-appropriate learning activities on important themes and concepts relating to the prevention of gender-based violence and promotion of respectful relationships. The introductory section serves as a reference tool to assist school leaders to better understand how to take a whole-school approach to the prevention of school-related gender-based violence.

The learning activities are designed for use in the formal school system; however, they can be modified for use in non-formal education settings, including through community learning or literacy programmes. Additionally, while this resource has been prepared for use in schools in the Asia-Pacific region, it is presumed that teachers will play an active role in adapting it to meet the needs of their class, school and country context. This resource is a living document which be updated regularly based on feedback on its use, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

The learning activities are suitable for use in a range of subjects, including the school’s literacy development programme, social studies, pastoral care, life-skills, civics, health, sexuality education and values education programmes. All of the lessons include extension activities to enhance both literacy development and student participation in the broader school community. The learning activities can be delivered intensively or adapted for more sustained integration across the teaching programme. The activities are designed to increase knowledge and positive attitudes, and to build awareness and skills in students.

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Bibliographic information

Geographic coverage: Asia and the Pacific

Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls

Resource type: Learning

Publication year: 2016

Number of pages: 120