Gender and Education

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The Government of Viet Nam has pledged its commitment to gender equality in international conventions, and national legislation and development strategies. The Law on Gender Equality (2006), the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control (2007), the National Strategy on Gender Equality (2011-2020) and the National Programme on Gender Equality (2011-2015) outline the duties of different sectors, including the education sector, for promoting gender equality and the advancement of women.

In line with these national priorities and UNESCO’s Global Priority Gender Equality, UNESCO Viet Nam is supporting the Ministry of Education and Training to conduct the following activities with the aim of mainstreaming gender equality in the Vietnamese education system:

  • Gender analysis of primary school textbooks to identify gender bias and stereotypes
  • Gender training programme for education officials and a package of teacher training modules that address gender issues and promote gender equality
  • A number of piloting and training workshops across Viet Nam

These activities are being implemented with the help of national experts, the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE) and the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau of Education. To date, approximately 360 education officials and specialists (about 36 per cent of them men) have increased their understanding of gender issues as well as their exposure to innovative curriculum and teacher training practices. Participants’ evaluation results have shown a greater commitment to promoting gender equality in educational settings.

These activities are part of UNESCO’s contribution to the Government of Viet Nam/UN Joint Programme on Gender Equality (JPGE). UNESCO is one of twelve UN agencies participating in the Joint Programme which seeks to enhance the capacities of line ministries and other stakeholders to implement the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control. UNESCO also supports one activity in the Communications and Information sector.

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