Gender and Student Well-Being
Module 1 describes how the Healing Classrooms findings highlighted new perspectives on the role of education in protecting children and youth and contributing to their well-being. The assessments also considered how student well-being may differ for girls and boys. Well-being needs related to gender can be met in different ways by schools and by teachers. For example, in Afghanistan, boys have freedom to move around the community and to meet and play with friends outside their homes. Girls, on the other hand, usually have to stay in and around the home. As a result, girls have fewer opportunities for interaction with friends. Female students in Afghanistan talked about the importance of their school friends. In this context, having school friends is one example of how the school’s support for student well-being has significant gender dimensions.