DAY 12
DECEMBER 6, 2012
Role of Education
Access to education in Kosovo

Kosovo has one of the youngest populations in Europe; about half of its population is under 25 years old. This fact makes children’s rights, including the right to education, crucial issues to deal with. Realizing the right to education for every child, and addressing any form of discrimination, is important as education is essential to the realization of other human rights.

The link between gender based violence and education

Children growing up in an environment of domestic violence may suffer a range of behavioural and emotional disturbances which impacts on their ability to learn and fully develop. Children living in families where domestic violence occurs may experience difficulties in learning and in school attendance. Low levels of education is listed as one of the many risk factors for being both a perpetrator and a victim of domestic violence placing children who are exposed to or witnessing violence against women at a higher risk of continuing the cycle of violence.

Education also empowers young girls to become economically active, providing them with the skills to enter the labour market and become independent. Women’s economic independence is key to ending the cycle of violence, ensuring that women and their children are not forced to remain in a violent home for financial security.

Gender roles in schools

At an early stage in life, children learn how to behave from people and institutions around them - parents, schools and teachers, friends, movies, television, music, books, and religion. The behaviors that children and young people take on depend on what part of the world they grow up in, with different cultural norms and practices and religious views. Young children receive many powerful messages about gender roles and gender identity, what is expected from you as a girl and as a boy, with feminine or masculine attributes. These roles limit both young boys and girls in different ways, especially if you are different from the norms. Bullying, discrimination or even violence is common towards individuals not fitting into the traditional gender roles.

School is an important place to where young people learn about gender roles, and it has the power to influence young people’s behaviour. This influence can be both negative and positive, limiting the full developmental potential of a child or encouraging gender equality and fighting against traditional gender stereotypes. Good education can break stereotypes and change norms and behavior, which widens acceptance of people that are different.

Focusing on educating young people is crucial in order to foster positive attitudes towards gender equality and to instill zero tolerance for violence against women and girls. Working with adolescents (both girls and boys) presents an invaluable opportunity to make sure that future generations know that violence against women should not and will not be tolerated.

Youth participation is a means to achieve positive changes in young people’s lives and build a culture for the prevention of violence against women and girls. Youth participation is crucial to end violence against women and girls.

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