Mould Them Young Africa Trust

Gender Equality

MTY Championing Gender Equality:

According to the research results from the survey that MTY Trust conducted 70% of the respondents indicated that they wished that issues on gender were handled better, they were exposed to gender issues, were aware of gender equality at an early stage in life.

And so MTY Trust in its programming will ensure that all children, regardless of biological sex, have the right to reach their full potential by learning any subject, practicing any type of sport and playing with any toy, learning any skill, accorded same opportunities in all programmes and projects. Further MTY Trust will strive to work around the evidence that shows that educators and facilitators need to have gender awareness to be open to girls’ and boys’ choices in learning and development, help children explore who they are, and make connections to people around them, as well as gain self-confidence, well-being, peer acceptance, and social support in early childhood. In fact experts say that “curtailing activities according to biological sex may stunt a child’s development, as toys traditionally targeting boys tend to develop more spatial skills, while toys marked as “feminine” stimulate more sociability and caring. When limited to the type of play expected for their gender, children fail to develop certain skills. Instead we should encourage boys to do ‘girl’ things, as well as encouraging physical and analytical (‘boy’)” strengths in all children”. It’s also important that children need to know that they can express all their feelings, that there are no “girl” or “boy” emotions. MTY Trust will be cognizant of the fact that parents and guardians also need to change attitudes as they talk to children or even as they distribute housework. Parents need “to parent beyond pink and blue” attitude.

  • To teach children age appropriate gender concepts and issues.
  • Develop appropriate materials
  • Conduct training for 80 facilitators
  • Conduct gender awareness raising workshops for community members and staff at children’s homes
  • Expose children to situations that reveal their understanding of gender issues in 3 mining communities and 6 Children’s Homes.
  • Conduct an assessment to find out or establish how gender issues are handled in 3 mining communities and 6 Children’s Homes

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