The KINDER project has recently unveiled a diverse set of educational resources and materials aimed at teachers in kindergartens and elementary schools, as well as other educators and parents.
The centerpiece of the launch is the “Program K” manual, a comprehensive guide to gender-sensitive pedagogy in early education. Organized into nine chapters, the manual delves into key topics crucial for gender-sensitive education. It also provides a curriculum tailored for training professionals working with children aged 3 to 6 and 7 to 12 years.
Accompanying the manual is the “Reflective Journal,” a valuable tool designed to facilitate gender-sensitive work with children. Intended for educators, teachers, and other educational practitioners, the journal employs introspective and reflective questions to stimulate thoughtful conversations about gender-related matters.
Adding to the suite of resources are the “Conversation Starter Cards.” The cards contain questions crafted to initiate discussions with children, fostering the development of their skills and knowledge on emotional intelligence, relationships, non-violence, and societal stereotypes. The cards cater to three different age groups: 3 to 6 years, 7 to 9 years, and 10 to 12 years.
Two picture books for children were also introduced: “Kako je zelena bubica naučila tatu kuhati” (3-6 years) and “Kako je zelena bubica naučila tatu kuhati” (7-12 years). Translated from the original Portuguese versions, these books emphasize the importance of parents and caregivers embodying equitable relationships within families. They serve as transformative examples for children in a post-pandemic world.
The resources are also accompanied by bookmarks and postcards which can serve as tools in class as well as promotional materials.
The launch of these educational resources marks a significant milestone for the KINDER project in its mission to advance gender equality in Croatia’s early education and beyond. By equipping educators and professionals with effective tools and materials, the project aims to create inclusive and empowering learning environments for all students.