Diversity Space makes all Secondary and Baccalaureate students reflect on Gender Equality.
If there is one thing that characterises the IB Diploma Programme, it is the subject called CAS (Creativity, Action and Service), one of the three core elements of the IB along with Theory of Knowledge and the Extended Essay. So much so that at the international school in Seville Yago School, all students in any of the Baccalaureate modalities have to carry out different CAS projects.
According to the IBO International Baccalaureate Organisation, “CAS enables students to enhance their personal and interpersonal development through experiential learning. It also provides them with opportunities for self-determination and collaboration with others, while fostering a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment in their work”. Moreover, at Yago School, these projects are perfectly linked to the formation of values, which are very necessary in today’s and tomorrow’s society.
There are many projects that the Baccalaureate students are carrying out this academic year: they have collaborated with The Yago Foundation in different solidarity activities organising the Non-Uniform Day, the Food Collection Campaign, or the Sale of “Polvorones” to help the Parish of “La Oliva” among others; they have created different music, debate, chess, creativity or dance Clubs; and two very ambitious and necessary projects in the School that the students have called Sports Space and Diversity Space.
The first one promotes sports activities and competitions during breaks and the second one has as its main objective the promotion of awareness-raising activities on issues related to Equality and Respect for Diversity.
Within this framework, they have organised a series of conferences and activities in order to provoke reflection, respect and tolerance for all kinds of people, regardless of gender, sex, race, ability, country of origin, religion or culture.
Since November, this group organises weekly meetings guided by the Guidance Department to deal with these issues of concern to them. In addition, they research, analyse and prepare a quarterly training assembly for Secondary and Baccalaureate students where they will also have professionals and specialists to help them in their great and laudable task: raising awareness of Equality and Respect for Diversity. Among the topics to be addressed are the role of women in today’s society, sexual identity and orientation, racism, or the celebrations of Down’s Syndrome and Rare Diseases days, among others.
In this regard, the Diversity Space group prepared an interesting first Assembly to address Gender Equality in line with the College’s interest in defending Human Rights and raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.
After a preparation phase and several rehearsals, the group started the Assembly with a staging of several situations from their daily life, very close to them, where inequality between boys and girls is evident.
They began by acting out the differences in parental concern about going out at night depending on whether you are a boy or a girl; they continued at a party, where they dealt with the differences in the social acceptance that boys have when they flirt a lot and the rejection that girls experience; the last one referred to inequality in sport and the use, which some have normalised, of certain expressions.
After the significant theatrics, they screened a video and explained that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations include Gender Equality.
“Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”
With this day they achieved their purpose: to create a thought-provoking impact on the students.
“Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, it is also one of the essential foundations for building a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.”
There is still a lot to be done around the world to achieve gender equality and we can all contribute in some way to achieve it.
This project fulfills the requirements of a CAS project, as the group plans the activities on a weekly basis, and with the help of the Guidance department, their progress is reviewed. It is a personal challenge, they work as a group, they carry out real activities with a specific and determined aim and with significant results. Once they finish this interesting project, they will evaluate their work by reflecting on the process, the results and their own personal learning. Truly meaningful and real learning with which they will contribute to create a better society.
Congratulations guys! Proud of your sensitivity, respect and effort.