Tuesday, May 21

A Spanish School Teaches Household Chores to Boys, and It’s a Brilliant Initiative Against Gender Inequality

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Ironing, sewing, and cooking are basic tasks that most people learn at home. But it’s totally different when a school offers it as an additional class, so that the students, particularly boys, build values in regards to gender equality and break the stigmas they face when doing these activities. That’s what the Montecastelo School of Spain teaches its students under the slogan, “Equality is learned with actions.”

We at 5 Fun Facts have been interested in every detail of this initiative, and decided to share it to motivate other institutions and children to practice it.

Housework regardless of gender

In 2018, the school, located in the city of Vigo, announced that it would include lessons in home economics among other subjects. During these lessons its male students would be taught to do tasks like ironing, sewing, cooking, and other manual activities like carpentry, masonry, and plumbing and electrician skills.

Teachers and parents collaborate and guide the students.

All classes are taught voluntarily by teachers and representatives of the school campus and also some of the fathers of these same students.

“A house is a matter of 2.”

Gabriel Bravo, the coordinator of the establishment, explained to a newspaper that all the activities were carried out because, “It seemed very useful for our students to learn to perform these tasks so that, when they form a family, they are involved from the beginning and know that a house is a matter of 2, it’s not a matter of the woman cleaning, doing the dishes, and ironing. This will allow them to become aware and learn to handle themselves at home.”

Empathy toward achieving gender equality

The idea was born when the school administration was looking for ways that they could promote gender equality criteria for their students. The project was then communicated to parents and students. The parents being the ones who didn’t have any qualms about accepting the idea, while the students were uncomfortable when they heard about sewing and ironing.

Breaking stereotypes

However, at the time they began to perform the tasks, their resistance dissipated, because they realized that these are simple activities that both men and women can do if they just follow simple steps.

A life lesson you’ll never forget

“For some it was the first time they had held an iron, it was fun and instructive at the same time, we are quite surprised and the parents are very happy,” said Bravo during an interview.

What do you think about this initiative? Do you know another school where similar classes are being implemented? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

Preview photo credit Colegio Montecastelo/Facebook

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