PERSPECTIVE: Peer Education Routes for School Pupils to Enhance Conciousness of Tackling and Impeding women Violence in Europe
Δραστηριότητες Αλληλοδιδακτικής με στόχο την Ευαισθητοποίηση Μαθητών και Μαθητριών για την Αντιμετώπιση της Βίας κατά των Γυναικών στην Ευρώπη
Experiential workshops were implemented with High School students in Greece (20.5 hrs), where boys and girls studying at the 2nd grade of two Lyceums were trained as "Peer Educators" (50 trained Peer Educators). The trained peer educators created groups of 2-3 individuals and implemented peer education activities (6 hrs) to the students of the other classes of their school (112 students). Boys and girls were motivated to explore gender stereotypes, recognize the way in which these stereotypes negatively affect the “health” of their intimate relationships but also their relationships in general, encouraging the building of healthier and more equal relationships. The project was based on experiential learning methods and on the active participation of adolescents, via the use of the peer education method.
In addition, a school exhibition took place at the end of the program, where was presented to the school community the work of the peer educators and their peers (about 150 attendes). On the walls of the exhibition room were mounted posters with the messages written by the students for the implementation of the campaign against gender based violence, as well as posters and flipcharts created by the students. During the exhibition was also realized a video projection with excerpts from movies and series from the Greek television, mirroring gender inequality, stereotypes and the problems they cause in relationships. A 6 minute theater play was also performed by a group of peer educators; through this play, the students presented the daily life of a couple by reversing the stereotypic social gender roles of men and women. The man, for example, is the one who stays at home and is cooking, while the woman is the one who works for living.
Last but not least, educational guidelines were produced for teachers: [Output n°4: Thematic Modules for Teachers and Peer Educators based on “Peer Education” Methodology (available at: www.antiviolence-net.eu/EAVN_Output%20No4_EN.pdf) & Output n°5: Methodological Recommendations for Peer Education Activities (available at: http://www.antiviolence-net.eu/EAVN_Output%20No5_EN.pdf)]
Aims and objectives
Aim: Prevention of gender based violence among young generation.
Objectives: to raise awareness of adolescents to the phenomenon of gender based violence and to promote the development of healthy relationships with ultimate goal the shaping of attitudes and behaviors of zero tolerance towards violence via the implementation of:
• school-based peer education activities and
• an information and awareness raising campaign through TV and Radio spots, Posters and other gadgets (e.g. notebooks, pencils) by the use of key messages developed by the students
to raise awareness of adolescents on Gender Based Violence (GBV)
The project was implemented in 5 countries (Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Spain, Germany)
[DAPHNE III Project: JLS/2007/DAP-1/100 - 30-CE-0230070/00-89]
Results and impact
Regarding Peer Educators, 82.1% of them answered that what they learned from the project will be very or adequately useful to them. Peer educators were asked before and after the intervention whether it is right or wrong that “violent are the individuals who cannot control their anger”. A significant increase of the percentage of peer educators who corrected their knowledge towards the desired direction was observed: before the intervention, only 18.8% of them believed that violent are not the individuals who cannot control their anger, while after the intervention this percentage doubled (37.5%). Peer educators were also asked whether it is right or wrong that “women/men are violent by nature”. Before the intervention, the correct answer was given at a higher rate to the question about women (87.9% vs 66.7%). After the training, although there were more correct answers to both questions, the percentage of correct answers to the question about women increased to 100% (12.1% increase) while the respective percentage for the same question about men increased just to 72.7% (6% increase). Thus, it seems harder to modify the attitude of students towards the notion that men are by nature violent compared to women.
In addition, 84.7% of students and 88.2% of peer educators responded positively to the question whether “they would be interested in attending (coordinating) more workshops on the same subject”. Some of the students’ impressions recorded in their questionnaires: it helped me understand GBV; it helped me to recognize whether a relationship is healthy or not; you understand social differences between genders; I will be more careful in my relationships.
[ more information: www.antiviolence-net.eu/EAVN_Output%20No6_EN.pdf ]
Project Coordinator: Municipality of Modena (Comune di Modena) • Rita Frigieri Toni: Tel.: +39 059 2032819, E-mail: email@example.com Project's Partner (in Greece): European Anti-Violence Network (EAVN)
Stakeholder, Firstname: Antonia
Stakeholder, Family name: Tsirigoti
Duration: Peer Educators' training: 8,5 or 14,5 hours • Sensitization of students from peer educators: 6 hours
Nr of beneficiaries: about 162
Nuts code: EL3