The aim of DIGI4EQUALITY -A DIGItal toolkit for promoting gender EQUALITY in science and technology project is concerned with developing a novel toolbox by which professionals
can attract, reach out and assist students to raise awareness and tackle gender stereotypes in society and in occupational choices in a digitalised world.
According to the European Commission, “children are exposed to gender roles that shape their self-perception and influence their academic and professional choices as well as expectations of their roles as women and men throughout their life. Furthermore, gender stereotypes keep on influencing choices with regard to employment and combination of work and private life”. Moreover, some key findings of the European Commission’s She Figures 2018 report show that “women are still a minority in science and engineering occupations in most countries”. The She Figures publication, is released every three years since 2003. In addition, according to Unesco 2017 report “Cracking the code”, “education systems and schools play a central role in determining girls’ interest in STEM subjects and in providing equal opportunities to access and benefit from quality STEM education”. Furthermore, in the same article, it is stated that “learning contents and materials also impact on girls’ performance in STEM”. Finally, as it is stated at the European Schoolnet website which is the network of 34 European Ministries of Education, based in Brussels, “skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are becoming an increasingly important part of basic literacy in today’s knowledge economy” and then it continues stating that “yet science education can no longer be viewed as elite training for future scientists or engineers; only science-aware citizens can make informed decisions and engage in dialogue on science-driven societal issues”.
The objectives of the project are:
-to highlight the important role of women in science and technology
-to ensure a gender-transformative environment for girls and boys to overcome gender stereotypes with regard to roles of women and men at work and in society
-to encourage both girls and boys to make career choices in a digitalised world
-to raise awareness of teachers on gender equality which affect their interactions with boys and girls
-to strengthen educational skills in coping with gender equality
- Methodological Guide depicts the key competences that students need to improve in order for them to overcome gender stereotypes and participate in STEM careers.
- Through the DIGI4EQUALITY e-learning platform, the DIGI4EQUALITY Educational Tools will be available to the wide audience at a European level.
The following organizations are involved in the project:
- Szkola Podstawowa nr 2 w Proszowicach (Poland)
- Challedu- inclusion | games |education (Greece)
- EURO-NET (Italy)
- AYDIN IL MILLI EGITIM MUDURLUGU (Turkey)
- Adazu vidusskola (Latvia).
On the website of the project Digi4Equality (https://digi4equality.eu/) you will find news, activities, program results and updates, such as reports, event announcements, workshops and training sessions.
This project has been co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union
Project Number: 2020-1-PL01-KA201-081630