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International Women’s Day
  • Primary Matters
Jenna Witcombe

 

This week we observed International Women's Day on 8th March, a global event that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness about gender inequality and to promote gender equity. In promoting equity and diversity in the classroom, we strive to foster a culture of inclusivity and respect for all.

Promoting Equity and Diversity

The curriculum is a powerful tool that can shape the attitudes, values, and beliefs of young people. It can help them understand and appreciate the diversity of the world around them and prepare them to be active and engaged global citizens. Historically, traditional curricula have often been biassed towards certain groups and have excluded the experiences and contributions of women, people of colour, and other marginalised communities. To promote equity and diversity in the curriculum, we have taken intentional and deliberate steps to ensure that all students see themselves reflected in what they learn.
 

Significant Women through History

 

This week throughout Primary, we have highlighted important women in history. Women have made significant contributions to every field, from science and technology to politics and the arts. Some of the women we have been learning about this week include Simone Biles, Bessie Coleman, Junko Tabei and Florence Nightingale. By including more stories of women who have made an impact in the world, we can help students understand the importance of gender equity and inspire them to follow in the footsteps of these trailblazers.
 

It is important to note that the promotion of equity and equality is not exclusive to this week but is woven throughout our curriculum and part of the conversations we have in and out of the classroom.

As teachers and parents we can do this in a variety of ways:

  • Read books about women that are age-appropriate and feature diverse women from various backgrounds. 

  • Discuss the gender stereotypes that exist in our society and how they can be harmful. 

  • Celebrate the achievements of women in our community.

  • Create art or writing projects that celebrate women and promote diversity and equity. 

  • Use inclusive language by avoiding gendered language and using gender-neutral terms.

  • Create a culture that promotes diversity and equity by encouraging children to celebrate differences and to speak out against discrimination and prejudice.

Promoting equity and diversity in the curriculum is an ongoing effort that requires intentional and deliberate action from our community. International Women's Day serves as a reminder of the importance of gender equity and highlights the need to create inclusive learning environments that value and respect all students. By working together, we can create an environment that reflects the diversity of our world and prepares our students to be active and engaged global citizens.

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