Gender Dynamics

Gender Mainstreaming

Gender mainstreaming implies that a gender perspective is systematically applied to all activities. This approach takes a holistic and sustainable perspective for addressing gender inequalities in education.

As highlighted throughout this module, gender mainstreaming really depends on people having an awareness of gender considerations in education. It also requires that individuals in different positions have the skills and the tools to promote gender equality through whatever programming and policy channels may be available. As we found with the Classroom Assistants in Sierra Leone and Guinea, without any attention to the "bigger picture" of gender relations in the refugee camps, and the different pressures and expectations on the teachers, the female and male students, as well as on the Classroom Assistants themselves, the role of the Classroom Assistant has less positive impact than it could have.

Definition: holistic

taking into account many or all factors