SAFER Training Programme (English)

Life Skills Theoretical Background – Forming Healthy Relationships (ii)

Considerable efforts have been made in the last 30 years to investigate the relationship between the attitudes held around the issue of gender equality and the nature of the education received (Fenell and Arnot, 2008). However, a dearth of research connecting gender equality (emphasizing discrimination and gender-based violence) and healthy relationships for children between the ages 8 to 12 remains, as the majority of studies on the topic focuses on teenagers (Adler et al., 2007).

Based on the trainings of the life skills module, which includes self-regulation, self-awareness and healthy relationships, teachers will transfer valuable knowledge and skills to children in relation to the management of their behaviour with a view to prevent or, at least reduce, instances of gender-based violence and increase the reporting of inappropriate or violent behaviours. This will consequently boost young people’s capacity to build healthy relationships with others. Moreover, teachers will be competent to identify, recognize, prevent and know how to respond to incidents of Gender based violence (GBV).