Introducing gender issues to young boys and girls
In Port Vila, we have developed a Channels of Hope for Gender Sunday school curriculum – with funding support from the Australian Government and its Gender Action Platform.
Known as Gudfala Laef (Bislama for “good life”), the curriculum introduces gender issues to children aged five to 12. It’s based on songs, kastom stories and interactive play.
“We are trying to ensure the children are hearing the right messages and learning positive skills early on so that as they enter adulthood they might have a different way of thinking or be less acceptant of violence inside relationships,” explains Abigail Howe-Will, Gender Manager for World Vision Pacific and Timor-Leste.
“If we teach the children at this young age, that teaching will shape them, they will grow up, they will be good parents in the future, and they will still model that out to their children,” says Joyce, a World Vision development facilitator.