For a school with no gender borders!

With KOICA support, the Ministry of National Education and Civic Promotion (MENPC) organized a teachers’ training in December 2019 in Abéché, Ouaddaï Province

Celestin Tetang et Francis Adoum
Koica training
Unicef Chad/2019/Celestin Tetang
20 January 2020

With KOICA support, the Ministry of National Education and Civic Promotion (MENPC) organized a teachers’ training in December 2019 in Abéché, Ouaddaï Province. The training covered various important topics for teachers such as gender-sensitive teaching techniques, civic education, peace education, human rights and good governance. During the training sessions, the director of upper-secondary education at the National Education and Civic Promotion Ministry (MENPC) and the principal from Abéché Girls’ Middle School shared their thoughts on teaching peacebuilding and gender equality issues to adolescent students.

Unicef Chad/2019/Celestin Tetang

Mr. Djimasbei GAOU, 53 years, Director of upper-secondary education, MENPC  

« The results of the pretest before the training (0% of teachers had a good knowledge on peacebulding and gender-sensitive teaching techniques) and the posttest after the training (60% of teachers acquired good knowledge on peacebulding and gender-sensitive teaching techniques) demonstrate the importance of this teachers’ training, supported by KOICA. This training has provided great added value in building teachers' capacity on key topics related to life skills. First, it helped teachers obtain the necessary skills to develop educational worksheets, fully incorporating fundamental notions related to peacebuilding and gender-sensitive teaching techniques. Secondly, teachers have acquired sufficient knowledge to be able to play the role of good facilitators and mediators in case of conflicts among students or between teachers and students.

It is important to note that in the Ouaddai province, school attendance of girls is very low compared to boys. This is mainly due to the fact that girls leave the school system prematurely. Indicators in the education sector remain weaker for girls. The modules developed for teachers in relation to gender-sensitive teaching techniques during this training will now enable them to raise awareness among girls on their equal right to education as boys. 

We hope to scale up similar trainings throughout the secondary schools in Chad to promote peaceful coexistence in schools as well as the right to education of all children, including girls".

Resentments generated from Chad's painful past have fostered strong communitarianism and tribalism to the detriment of some marginalized communities in the society. Students belonging to certain ethnic groups can be easily stigmatized and excluded at school. The KOICA-supported teacher training laid the foundation for introducing the notion and practice of peaceful coexistence to both teachers and students.

Mrs. Haoua Mahamat Haroun, 31 years, director of the Abéché Girls’ Middle School.  

« With the knowledge acquired during this training in gender-sensitive teaching techniques, I now feel better equipped to raise awareness among students -both male and female- and parents about the right to education for all children regardless of gender, and with a focus on girls. This training will now permit me to be more persuasive during our parent-teachers association meetings. I will use this knowledge while advocating to parents who keep their daughters at home during school periods. This training has come at the right time and empowers us in our daily struggle for the schooling of all girls in the Ouaddai province. »

There are also many conflicts between students. They often originate from pre-existing latent tensions between ethnic groups in the community. By instilling the principles and values of justice, peace and peaceful conflict resolution, respect of women and girls’ rights in students, the schools and their teachers can help to appease conflicts at the community level, to respect the right to education of all children including girls, and to lay the foundations for a more peaceful and gender-friendly environment in the future.

Unicef Chad/2019/Celestin Tetang

UNICEF Chad, through the financial support of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), intends to reduce the proportion of girls’ drop-out through an integrated package of services, including early childhood development education, child health, parental education, water, sanitation and hygiene. The four-year project - implemented in two provinces, Hadjer Lamis and Ouaddai- promotes inclusive education and young women’s empowerment. For a school with no gender borders!