A civil society network for education reforms is calling on education duty bearers to make gender equality mainstream in the country’s learning system.
E-Net Philippines cited the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 in its call: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Empowering women and promoting gender equality is crucial to accelerating sustainable development. Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but it also has a multiplier effect across all other development areas.”
The group also lamented the still prevalent gender issues in the country’s curriculum and other learning materials.
E-Net also addressed the increasing cases of teen pregnancies, early marriages and bullying of students who identified themselves as LGBT.
It added, “Curriculum and learning materials that promote gender sensitiveness and fairness persist to be a challenge in the education system.”