Equality between men and women is a fundamental principle of the European Union. The Europe 2020 strategy brings out gender equality as a lever of economic growth, employment, social cohesion and sustainable development. To efficiently reduce gender inequalities, it is necessary to work on social representations from an early age by tackling stereotypes between girls and boys.
The EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Youth and Sport, Androulla Vassiliou underlines, “At the same time sport should be promoted as a tool to improve gender equality in society, as it has the potential to educate people for leadership, contribute to the skills needed for a role or profession and prevents gender-based violence”.
The project “Leveraging sport to tackle gender inequalities” aims to train and sensitise youth and sport instructors and future youth and sport instructors in gender equality by showing them to how deliver non-stereotyped sport activities; to support and make youth and sport organisations aware, especially directors, of the significance of including a gender equality approach in their internal policies; to educate and make young people aware of the gender diversity in sports practices. The project contributes to reducing inequalities between men and women, boys and girls and to give both the same chances in working life by tackling gender stereotypes with unique European training tools.
Main objectives of the project can be described as follows:
- Dedicated to youth and sport instructors:
– to make them aware of the effects of gender stereotypes in sports activities
– to train them on non-stereotyped processes in sports activities
– to develop their skills related to integrating and promoting gender equality in sport
- Regarding organisations qualifying youth and sport instructors, trainers, coaches, other sport professionals:
– to make them aware of the influence of gender stereotypes in educational programmes
– to provide them with gender equality training tools
- Relating to youth and sport organisations:
– to make them aware of the consequences of gender stereotypes in adult life, especially in professional careers
– to include a gender equality approach in their practices
– to encourage a greater gender diversity in sports activities
- Generally, for young people:
– to educate youngsters regarding gender diversity in sports activities
– to actively reduce the main gender stereotypes
Structure of the project and main Intellectual Outputs
The project arose from an analysis deployed by three European training developers, active in many European projects on employment, social cohesion and sustainable development issues: CIAPE (Italy), Guimel (France) and the National Institute for Sport Research (Romania). Their analysis: Gender equality is a lever of economic growth, employment and social cohesion in Europe. To reduce gender inequalities, the challenge is to raise awareness among youngsters, and sport is a wonderful tool to do that. But youth and sport instructors are not trained on gender diversity in sports activities. This is why the project partners proposed the following intellectual outputs:
– Design of an E-learning Training on gender equality in sports activities for youth and sport instructors. This digital training module will be used by youth and sport education training centres. Thanks to its digital form, it can be included easily in existing trainings.
– Creation of a Trainer’s Guide of the E-learning Training. This Guide provides educational methods and facilitation techniques.
– Development of an Awareness Guide on gender equality effects in sports activities for youth and sport organisations. This Guide supports them on how to include a gender equality approach in their practices.
– Developing an EQF Definition of the Egalitarian Youth and Sport Instructor, the design of which will contribute to a homogenisation of required skills in this area through Europe.
Overall, the project provides digital educational and training tools, for free access among VET professionals and organisations, contributing to develop the Open Educational Resources base. The E-learning platform and Trainers Guide are complementary. The guide supports trainers in using the platform, defining what to do and what not to do. Both platform and guide have English, French, Italian and Romanian versions, for wider utilisation and dissemination. Moreover, the digital trainings can be used self-sufficiently or by a trainer as a medium enhancing its integration into existing training programmes. For all these reasons, the project contributes to strengthening education and training for youth and sport instructors and to enhancing digital integration in learning, teaching and training.
Furthermore, the project developed an EQF definition of the Egalitarian Youth and Sport Instructor, a description of qualifications based on learning outcomes, regardless of how or where these are achieved. This EQF serve as a reference tool to compare the qualifications levels of the different qualifications systems and to promote both lifelong learning and equal opportunities in the knowledge-based society, as well as the further integration of the European labour market, while respecting the rich diversity of national education systems, favouring the development of the European Area of Skills and Qualifications.
Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for >4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.
Institutul National de Cercetare pentru Sport (Romania)
The National Institute for Sport Research (Institutul National de Cercetare pentru Sport) is a unique public institution and facility in the field of applied research in sport. NISR primary objective is sustaining Romanian high performance sport activities and athletes through the specific means of the scientific research. Other objectives of the institute include: foreseeing the national R&D strategy in the field of physical education and sports; accomplishing the scientific and technical goals of the R&D National Plan; developing regional and transnational strategies and programmes in sport.
CIAPE – Italian Centre for Adult Learning
CIAPE carries out training activities to develop and validate soft skills, as well as competences required in the future labour market. CIAPE is a train-the-trainer organisation, recognised expert in Work Based Learning at European level, with high qualified experience in EU, national and regional projects management. CIAPE deals with didactical innovation, develop innovative ideas to ensure the accessibility of learning to a wide range of target groups, such as students, seniors, professionals and groups at risk. CIAPE is the coordinator of the European Network for Quality Apprenticeships?, and an active member of CEDEFOP “European Qualifications Framework – Credit Transfer In VET” and of the “Quality Assurance in VET” communities.
Fastrak Consulting Ltd
UK-based, but working internationally, Fastrak specialises in the application of technology to vocational learning and employee communications. Fastrak provides assistance to organisations of all types: corporate training and communications departments, public authorities, voluntary organisations, professional bodies, new media publishers or training providers.
GUIMEL is a French company whose purpose is to promote the social and professional inclusion of people with different backgrounds. The GUIMEL team has a great deal of experience in European projects. In the last 15 years they have worked on more than 80 EU projects, in the field of EQUAL and LLP, as co-ordinators and as partners. GUIMEL is engaged in ERASMUS + projects (Gender Equality, ICT, Sports, Healthcare). Guimel is also involved in the research project ECVET Development, CEC.
Moreover, the project benefits from a specific guidance in gender equality issues with the participation of a specialised consultant, Charline Jambert. She advised public and private organisations for years to design and implement a gender equality approach. She initiates and participates in Erasmus+ partnerships in the field of educational and vocational training. She is particularly involved in the issues of gender diversity in professions and addressing gender stereotypes. These partnerships aim to design learning tools in the form of e-learning, videos, serious games etc. She is a member of the Erasmus+ developers network.