|Students and teachers from 57 junior secondary schools attended a music gala to promote the ‘Love Project Journey' on gender equality at East Sea Park yesterday. — Photo thelovejourney.org
DA NANG (VNS) — Students and teachers from 57 junior secondary schools attended a music gala to promote the ‘Love Project Journey' on gender equality at East Sea Park yesterday.
The project, which is being run by Spanish NGO Pazy Desarrollo in co-operation with the Spanish Embassy in Viet Nam, has been implemented at 30 secondary schools in the central city since 2012.
The project has raised awareness among more than 18,000 students, teachers, parents and staff at the Department of Education on gender equality issues and prevention of gender violence, and equipped with the skills and knowledge essential for the future of the city.
Various communications activities including roadshows, free photography shoots, stalls for students involved in the project and a mini game show have been open in the city since last Friday.
This project aims to educate people on gender equality and the prevention of gender violence.
In a survey conducted two years ago, 34 per cent of students surveyed said teachers often punished them by slapping them in the face of on the wrist, while 33 per cent were hit with objects. At least 260 schoolgirls said they were victims of physical violence at school.
It also found that nearly 90 per cent of students could not talk about sex with their parents, teachers or friends, while 50 per cent remained silent about violations at school and in society.
Da Nang is the first city in Viet Nam to carry out the pilot project, which hopes to create a positive environment in schools to stop gender violence through advocacy among students, teachers, student clubs and policy makers.
Statistics from the Ministry of Education and Training showed that in the 2011-12 school year, 384 students across 12 provinces were involved in cases of violence. — VNS