Guide for Teaching School Career Guidance without Gender Stereotypes

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The guide for “Teaching School Career Guidance without Gender Stereotypes” is addressed to teachers of school career counseling and is part of the project “School of No Bias”, which was implemented within the framework of the Active citizens fund program, with Women On Top as the implementing body and Sociality and Openous as partners.

In the guide, we focus on the training of school career counselors regarding the teaching of the School Vocational Orientation course without gender bias.

Our society is characterized by diversity and otherness and every person is unique and special. This, however, does not prevent us from making categories of people based on certain stereotypes that we create. Biases appear everywhere, in all aspects of public life, in our interpersonal relationships and in the workplace. The family and school, because they are an example of our society, are key actors in perpetuating stereotypes or overturning them. The school, in particular, can contribute to this by changing the way of teaching and the content of the curriculum, towards a more inclusive approach to education.

The objective of this guide is threefold. Firstly, to sensitize school career counselors to the necessity of providing professional guidance without biases to their students, and equip them with the necessary tools to achieve this goal. Secondly, to strengthen their knowledge regarding the methodology and applications of career counseling for the more effective operation of such programs. And thirdly, to inform career counselling teachers about the forming conditions in the labor market and the needs that emerge through the globalization of the economy, the society of knowledge and the revolution of new technologies.

Despite the progress made in recent years on issues of gender discrimination, gender inequality in the labor market still persists. Therefore, raising awareness among teachers is a necessary prerequisite to limit the influence of gender on study choices, as well as to deal with the problem of gender professional segregation with all its negative consequences.

The project “School of No Bias” is implemented in the framework of the Active citizens fund program, with Women On Top as the implementing body and Sociality and Openous as partners. The Active citizens fund program, amounting to €13.5 million, is financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and is part of the financial mechanism of the European Economic Area (EEA) for the period 2014 – 2021, known as EEA Grants. The program aims to strengthen and strengthen the sustainability of civil society and to highlight its role in promoting democratic processes, strengthening citizens’ participation in society and defending human rights. The management of the grant of the Active citizens fund program for Greece has been jointly undertaken by the Bodosaki Foundation and SolidarityNow. Read more here: www.activecitizensfund.gr

“The views expressed herein are the personal views of the editor and do not necessarily reflect the views of the EEA Financial Mechanism or the Grant Manager of the Active citizens fund Program in Greece (Bodosaki Foundation in collaboration with SolidarityNow)”.