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Transformative Insights: A Deep Dive into the 3-Day Gender and Development Training of PES Teachers

In the ever-evolving landscape of education, inclusivity and equality are pivotal for fostering holistic growth and development. A recent Three-Day Gender and Development (GAD) training on November 24-26, 2023 organized with the theme "Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines Workshop," delved into essential aspects of gender integration in educational settings. Led by experts in the field, the workshop aimed to equip participants with the knowledge and tools necessary for creating harmonized gender-inclusive environments.

Day 1: Session 1 - Overview of Harmonized Gender and Development

The training kicked off with a crucial session led by Rhollette D. Benedicto, the Gender and Development (GAD) focal person. Benedicto provided a comprehensive overview of harmonized gender and development, setting the stage for the subsequent sessions. Participants gained insights into the historical context of gender and development, understanding the nuances of gender dynamics, and the importance of integrating gender perspectives in various aspects of education.

Day 1: Session 2 - Harmonized Gender and Development Guidelines and Its Content

Danica Mae D. Rivera, an Education Program Specialist II, took center stage on the first day to delve into the core of the workshop's theme. Session 2 focused on unraveling the intricacies of the harmonized gender and development guidelines, providing participants with a deeper understanding of the principles and objectives that underpin gender-inclusive education. Rivera highlighted the significance of project proposals to curriculum development, teacher training, and the creation of a safe and supportive learning environment to foster gender equality in educational institutions.

Day 2: Session 3 - Updates on Gender Development

Rhollette Benedicto returned on the second day to present updates on gender development. This session aimed to keep participants abreast of the latest research, policies, and initiatives in the realm of gender and development. Benedicto discussed emerging trends, challenges, and success stories, offering a dynamic and up-to-date perspective on gender-related issues in the field of education.

Day 3: Session 4 - Integration of GAD in School Programs and Daily Lessons

To enhance the learning experience and encourage a collaborative approach to gender and development, the last day of the training was conducted at Villa Tolosa Resort in Laguna. This change of environment facilitated a more relaxed and open atmosphere, conducive to building meaningful connections among participants. Moreover, participants engaged in workshops and discussions that explored the role of policies, and interpersonal relationships in fostering gender equality within educational institutions. Games and social bonding activities were incorporated to foster camaraderie and a sense of community among participants. In addition, the training also focused on the practical application of knowledge gained during the previous sessions. Participants engaged in Session 4 with Belinda P. Guevarra, Master Teacher II, who emphasized the integration of GAD in school programs and daily lessons. Facilitators shared effective strategies, case studies, and practices for seamlessly incorporating gender perspectives into various subjects, ensuring that GAD principles become an integral part of the educational framework.

Participants were enjoying the positive and unified social interactions

The Three-Day Gender and Development training proved to be a pivotal experience for all involved, equipping educators and stakeholders with the knowledge and tools needed to champion gender-inclusive education. The diverse sessions, led by experts in the field, provided a holistic perspective on harmonized gender and development guidelines, ensuring that participants were left with a clear understanding of the importance of integrating GAD principles into their respective educational environments.

As the education landscape continues to evolve, the insights gained from this training will undoubtedly contribute to creating more inclusive and empowering learning spaces, where individuals of all genders can thrive and contribute to the betterment of society. The collaborative efforts of educators, policymakers, and GAD advocates are crucial in fostering positive change and building a future where gender equality is not only an aspiration but a reality within the realm of education.

Article Written by:

Junel P. Maximo

Teacher I - Pinaglabanan Elementary School


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