Short Course

Teaching Gender to Youth


30.01.2023 - 3.02.2023


Impevi, Uganda (view on map)

Teaching Gender to Youth is a training course targeted at teachers and education administrators at primary school level. The course took place twice at two locations in the north part of Uganda: in the city of Gulu, and in Imvepi Refugee Settlement. The training courses are a result of a collaboration between GRÓ GEST and Pangea Educational Development, Uganda, where GEST‘s short courses on Teaching Gender to Youth, implemented in Malawi in 2019 and facilitated online for the NGO Girls of A Feather in St. Lucia in 2021 were developed and adjusted to the Ugandan context.

Pangea’s Director of Programmes, Brenda Apeta, a GEST alumna from 2020, led the implementation of the two trainings in Uganda, along with two teachers’ trainers from Pangea, Ibrahim Kadara and Edina Akello. Furthermore, GRÓ GEST consultants, Þórður Kristinsson and María Hjálmtýsdóttir contributed to the first training in Gulu, as they both have vast experience of teaching gender to youth in Iceland, and who largely designed the training’s curriculum, 

Fifty primary school teachers attended the training in Gulu district, all of whom were interested and dedicated to learn methods on how to teach about gender equality in their school surroundings. The training in Gulu was conducted in a participatory environment over the course of four days. The participants were provided with gender sensitive tools and strategies to incorporate in their teaching, with the aim to improve literacy, learning outcomes and inclusion of all children in the school environment.

The second training was conducted in Imvepi refugee settlement in the West Nile region, Terego district in Uganda. Imvepi is home to approximately 68,000 refugees from South Sudan. The training was conducted for 50 primary school teachers: both Ugandans and South Sudanese refugees. The participants were very engaged in the class discussions and their enthusiasm for the session on cultural biases and gender spread around the community, leading to participants reaching out to a local reporter who attended a session on gender-based violence. Furthermore, the reporter interviewed Brenda, the team leader, and a few participants of the training, in English and the local dialect. The interview was broadcasted on a radio station which reaches an audience of 8 million listeners.

About Pangea
Pangea is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering schools, teachers, and communities through sustainable education and community building, by creating culturally relevant content and programmes that help children learn to read and inspire them to read more often. Pangea is motivated by the belief that every student has the right to a quality education. The teaching gender to youth training course feeds directly into Pangea’s teacher’s training programmes, where they equip primary school teachers with skills to improve literacy outcomes among children in Uganda. By incorporating gender, the teachers are provided with gender sensitive tools and strategies to further improve literacy, learning outcomes and inclusion.

GEST alumna of 2020, Brenda Apeta, is the Director of Programmes at Pangea, and leads the gender training course initiative. At the GEST programme, Brenda received the Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Award in the category of Applied Projects for her project titled Equipping Primary Teachers in Gender Responsive Pedagogy to Strengthen Quality and Equity in Schools at the Imvepi Refugee Camp.