Odisha to Integrate Gender Equity Curriculum in Schools

Odisha government to integrate a gender equity curriculum into the syllabus of the government schools in the state. The School Education Department signed a memorandum of understanding with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-Pal), South Asia, and women rights’ organisation Breakthrough in Bhubaneswar on August 8, 2022.

The curriculum will make use of interactive classroom discussions to encourage adolescent boys and girls to reflect on the culturally-embedded gender norms, roles and discriminatory practices, according to an official release. The curriculum will be introduced into the syllabus of classes 6 to 10 in over 18,000 elementary and 5,000 secondary schools by August.

“Adolescence presents a crucial window of opportunity to change even deeply-rooted norms and instil more progressive gender attitudes,” said J-Pal South Asia executive director Shobhini Mukerji.

“We’ll have wide-ranging topics that will be covered in schools as part of this programme in our continued efforts to build a gender-equal world,” said Bishnupada Sethi principal secretary, school education secretary department.

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