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Semantee Chattopadhyay
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Every child irrespective of their gender must have equal access to education so that they can achieve their full potential. The range of subjects and learning experiences offered in school must benefit and provide equal opportunities. The curriculum needs to be gender-sensitive and should not make either girls or boys feel superior to the other. During the school council election, both girls and boys should be represented and also allotted equal responsibilities.
The Dakar Framework for Action (2000) has set some goals such as ensuring that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities have access to and complete free and compulsory primary education of good quality. This initiative aims at achieving a 50% improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015 specially for women and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults. It also aims at eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education.
For centuries women have pain relegated to domestic duties and hence have been kept away from governance and administration, so women need to have equal representation in the classroom. Equal opportunities in the classroom also bridge the gender gap and help in forming a stable society. Schools should notice the gender patterns in the faculty and give equal opportunities Tu all genders for all subjects. Teachers should avoid references to stereotypes that link subjects or interests with gender. Schools should insist upon the usage of gender-inclusive language. Schools should also observe students ensure that neither gender interrupts not takes ownership of an activity or project to the inclusion of the other gender. Students should be educated about each others problems and should be taught how to respect each other irrespective of their gender.