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Spanish School Teaches Gender Equality Through Household Chores

by | May 25, 2019

A school located in Spain is combatting gender stereotypes and gender-based social expectations in a great, innovative way that is sure to make a lasting impact. With the help of a new class that started in 2018, home economics is now available to the students in this school. But wait, there’s a twist. The class is geared towards teaching boys everything in the category. Know more about the latest move on gender equality.

Spanish School Teaches Gender Equality Through Household Chores
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Spanish School Teaches Gender Equality Through Household Chores

Colegio Montecastelo located in Vigo, Spain has an awesome program that is meant to teach boys about home economics, a subject that unfortunately has only historically been aimed at for girls. Home economics encompasses a range of subjects all about home-making essentials such as cooking, sewing, ironing, and various other chores.

This home economics course is lead by not only volunteer teachers but by some of the student’s dads as well making for a warm, family-oriented environment. In addition to what typically comes with home economics, basic carpentry, masonry, plumbing, and electrician aspects are also taught to the students in the course.

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The idea behind having this specific home economics course to teach boys about home-making is very much based on gender equality. Gabriel Bravo, the program’s coordinator says, “It seemed very useful for our students to learn to perform these tasks so that, when they form a family, they are involved from the beginning and know that a house is a matter of 2, it’s not a matter of the woman cleaning, doing the dishes, and ironing.”

As a parent, you don’t need to send your sons to this Spanish school in order for them to learn more about home economics and having a household without gender-specific tasks. Whether you live in a house full of boys, or if your son is the only male in a sea of girls, it’s important to instill the fact that men and women need to equally participate in the well-being of a household form a young age.

Want to try a method that works? On small pieces of paper, write down the daily or weekly chores that need to get done whether it be helping wash the car, cleaning the dishes, washing laundry, or taking out the trash. Fold the pieces of paper in half and have your kids pick from the choices without knowing what the chore is for fair distributing of household tasks.

How does your child’s school work to create and promote gender equality? Let me know in the comments below.

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Gabriella Anaya

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