USAID PRIORITAS - Jakarta. The problems of gender in education need to be addressed. A good understanding of gender can help school communities to raise education quality. This can start with the implementation of teaching and learning that supports the equal participation of male and female students.
Gender can become a problem when there is a discriminative attitude that results in unequal treatment for males and females. Results of a USAID PRIORITAS study (2012) in seven provinces show that many teachers, school principals and officers at district education offices do not have a “proper” understanding of gender in education. Implementation of gender sensitive education is still understood in terms of separation of seating for male and female students. In addition, not all district education offices implement planning and budgeting that are gender sensitive and use disaggregated data based on gender in order to identify gender-related issues.
In this regard, USAID PRIORITAS integrates gender education and inclusive education into its programs, specifically in focusing on individual differences in learning. This is a cross-sectoral issue that is developed through training and mentoring at partner schools. (Wa/Anw)