As part of the joint UN initiative “IT Girls” in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the implementation of the project “Enriching the existing methodology developed exclusively for IT Girls clubs with methods of gender-responsive teaching for more inclusive education” has begun.
As part of the IT girls initiative, jointly implemented by UNDP, UNICEF and UN Women, IT Girls clubs were established in 2019 in schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina with the aim of encouraging girls to develop programming skills and skills for the 21st century.
The need for additional external support to teachers in developing more gender-sensitive teaching methods that are a prerequisite for the inclusion of more girls in the STEAM field (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) was identified by monitoring the development of the initiative.
The Genesis Project seeks to enrich the IT girls initiative with resources and tools for gender-responsive teaching that will improve the existing methodology of working in IT Girls clubs.
Guided by this goal, we gathered a group of 6 experts in the field of gender studies, education and IT who during the 4 months of the project will analyze 10 teaching units from the perspective of gender-responsive teaching, create manuals with recommendations for teachers and educate teachers who are part of IT Girls Clubs. The results of the analyzes and manuals as well as short educational YouTube videos will be publicly available to all educational institutions and individuals who are interested in integrating the principles of gender-responsive teaching into their practices.
The project is supported by UNICEF and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).