ERIC Number: ED409449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Empowerment Can Be Taught: A Course in Preparing Gender-Sensitive Materials for Poor Women. Background Document.
A program to train literacy providers to help empower women was developed with funding from the United Nations Development Program. The training program is based on a manual titled "Educate to Empower." The manual, which is designed to train material developers to prepare gender-sensitive learning kits on various topics related to empowerment, is the culmination of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) experience in conducting regional workshops in Asia and dozens of national workshops on the same theme. The manual guides literacy providers through the process of producing their own learning kits and training others (in a 3-week training program) to produce similar kits. The major components of the training program and manual are gender issues, work skills, and literacy and numeracy. Workshop participants are sensitized to gender issues through individual and group examinations of their own attitudes, values, and beliefs in a nonthreatening environment. Work (especially the practical skills needed by women in individual developing nations) and literacy and numeracy are emphasized throughout the training program because of their importance to women's integrity and sense of self-worth. Workshop participants are also guided through a step-by-step process for translating empowerment into learning materials. (MN).
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Educators, Developing Nations, Empowerment, Foreign Countries, Gender Issues, Instructional Materials, Job Skills, Literacy Education, Material Development, Numeracy, Political Power, Poverty, Sex Fairness, Teacher Workshops, Vocational Education, Womens Education
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).