Fe y Alegría Colombia accompanies in Cartagena de India a process of “Training in coexistence and citizenship in terms of a culture of peace and violence prevention with a gender-based perspective”.
This project has made it possible to integrate in 6 educational institutions in the institutional network of Fe y Alegría Colombia and in the district of Cartagena de Indias, the 2 subjects of that SDG Agenda that summon us: quality education and gender equality. Last year, schools of basic education were open in order to work with boys and girls on topics like the construction of equality between men and women, the prevention of abusive and violent relationships (gender and culture of peace), and the learning of some empowering psychosocial tools that make it possible to materialize forms of interaction and relationship between people. All this in the framework of the specific characteristics of the Afro population in Cartagena.
From the working perspective that the team that is involved in the process has, the realization of the right to an integral and quality education of girls and boys does not only include the full access to the educational systems but also the training in gender issues since preschool, that allows them to address directly the discriminations and other urgent forms of ill-treatment that are present in their culture, looking for a transformation.
The power of the customs has more possibilities of staying settled without this explicit and intentional approach of gender issues in education – that in our case it includes the rights of women and girls as well as the construction of new masculinities.
The role that the teachers have in this field is essential, as their own example will affect the learning of the girls and boys. Also, the compound of adults that are part of the educational community and that also have to do their part to contribute to the desired change, even though we are aware of the limitations that exist in this field.
We are optimistic; we have the conviction that by carrying out these synergies in the implementation of the SDG four on education for all, the results will be enhanced. For the process that concerns us, achieving a quality education that includes gender equality, the results will be visible in a more respectful, equal, free of discrimination and gender violence treatment between the girls and boys that live this educational intervention, projecting its impact in the towns where they live.