Why Gender Equality is important from a young Age

Daniel Curry, Director & Principal, Vega Schools

I come from a family of 6 children - the 5 oldest are boys. I didn’t have a sister until I was 10 years old. If it wasn’t for school, I wouldn’t have had many interactions with girls at all. Those interactions from kindergarten helped me develop friendships with both boys and girls, some of whom had much different upbringings. School is a great equaliser in this regard.

Children must develop from a young age

Some traditional schools provide gender-specific settings. All boys and all girls schools are still easily found throughout the world. While there are many arguments for and against these settings, there is one area that becomes clear: if we want our children to grow up knowing, accepting, and respecting others, they must develop that from a young age. 

Create an environment of equality

If you put any group of small children together, they will play without regard to gender, colour, or other differences. They learn to respect one another and become familiar and comfortable with the differences. The best schools in Gurgaon create environments where children experience both academic and social development together.  Teachers treat all children equally, and become models for acceptance of others. These experiences and the exposure that happens through years of school creates a deep personal understanding. This experiential learning is far more effective than learning from lectures or books.

Gender exposure and equality should begin at a young age

On the other hand, if exposure to the opposite gender or the introduction of social issues like gender equality happen later in childhood, they are less likely to be internalised. There might also be incorrect or outdated assumptions about gender that have taken root and then compete with new ideas. Early instruction is best.

Concepts of justice and equality need to be embedded in schools

The top Gurgaon schools focus on holistic development which includes a conviction for gender equality. Students are given academics in real-world situations that address important issues like discrimination based on gender, color, caste, ability, religion and more. These schools have an emphasis for serving and improving the community and society. Concepts of justice and equality are embedded in problem based learning alongside academics.

In global areas of conflict like in Israel/Palestine, schools have been created to get both Arabs and Jews together from the earliest age. The goal is mutual understanding and respect which will hopefully transform society. Getting older students / young adults together provides some opportunity for dialogue, but without the same results.

Be it a Best CBSE Schools in Gurgaon, or any other board, gender equality needs emphasis from all schools in Gurgaon, especially given the regional context where gender bias has been historically prevalent.

Over time, children learn specific worldviews directly and indirectly from their parents. With the school also supporting anti-discrimination and social responsibility, children have a single, reinforced message. The key is to allow the natural, accepting nature of children to be encouraged and allowed to blossom from a young age.

For more information on the above subject, write to us at info@vega.edu.in.