Equal Playing Field recently conducted a two-day teacher training workshop in July at Dream Inn here in the nation’s capital.
The workshop covered child protection, gender equality, understanding violence against women and its root causes and introduction into the Equal Playing Field (EPF) for Schools program.
One of the female teachers who attended the training said that the most powerful realisation during the training was of setting boundaries and respect.
“There are more but two would do, because looking back at reality, I have to set my priorities right before doing things with the opposite sex. Not only that but to my students as well, I really need to explain and elaborate more on that for what is right for them in the near future,” she added.
Furthermore, participants recognised and accepted some of the tough concepts used in training like gender equality and the root causes of violence against women.
It was evident from the onset that a few of the participants came from dominant male structured societies coupled with their theological views on how they perceive a woman’s role.
EPF facilitators were instrumental in comprehensively explaining at a level they understood and they all agreed that gender equality is important in a contemporary society like PNG, which is always evolving.
The participants concluded that gender inequality is a human rights and protection violation, it is the cause and consequence of HIV and AIDS, and obviously an impediment to the economic growth to our country given the costs involved.
A male participant after going through the training agreed that it was all about accountability of ones’ actions towards others.
Source: Equal Playing Field PNG