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Education about equal parenting

to produce happier families by breaking stereotypes about mother and father roles
The future of the family, and therefore that of humanity, is in the hands of the parents. Children who are raised in a balanced environment will make society as a whole brighter. Before they become adults, youth need to be prepared; therefore, they must understand how to be parents. We can accomplish this by dismantling gender stereotypes and educating youngsters about parenting influenced by culture, beliefs, and heritage.
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Data from 2010 shows that only 2.7 % of men took parental leave, although men’s leave was not the same across all Member States(Briefing European Parliamentary Research Service). Regarding gender, young women are more likely than men to be NEET. The odds ratio interpretation shows that young European women are 62% more likely than men to be NEET because of family responsibilities. (Origins and future of the concept of NEETs in the European policy agenda).

Solution

During discussion sessions with the young people who need guidance from our organisations, we focused on their concerns about the near future. The top 2 issues are education and parenting. Nearly half of them stated that they do not feel they are ready for parenthood. The literature review shows that European schools do not provide education on the issue at any level of school education(https://bit.ly/3GHBmOj). In addition, there is almost no tendency to solve these youngsters' problems in the local communities out of school.

Equipping youth with skills of equal parenting

The future of the family, and therefore that of humanity, is in the hands of the parents. Children who are raised in a balanced environment will make society as a whole brighter. Before they become adults, youth need to be prepared; therefore, they must understand how to be parents. We can accomplish this by dismantling gender stereotypes and educating youngsters about parenting influenced by culture, beliefs, and heritage.

Providing training to youth and students on gender equality

In many countries, gender equality is not taught in schools. However, even if they are interested, some individuals will not learn about it after high school. Educating young people about gender equality is essential. It will have a long-term influence on how they think about women’s rights, domestic violence, and other issues relating to gender inequality.

The target group

Youth 18+

Youth workers/Trainer

Approach

Based on the presented evidence, our intervention approach for the target group will be
  • Analysing and selecting of good practices of equal parenting process across Europe
  • Creation of educational manual on parenting
  • Preparing the training programme for the youths workers
  • Implementations of the training program in every partner country (local workshops)
  • The digitalization of the Youth workers training program for the Online Educational Resource
  • Developing e-learning educational resource
  • Create awareness of equality in parenting and promote it by using creative problem-solving videos

RESULTS

PR1- Manual of good practices in Equal parenting

In this PR, our youth workers from every partner organization will gather good practices on education programs in equal parenting from their communities. Then, we are going to collect them, analyze and identify how every country deals with the same topic. After that, we will develop a methodology for the selection of the most applicable and impactful practices in every partner language. This program will help everyone to experience useful tools and practices.

Topics of the manual :

  • Breaking stereotypes
  • Division of responsibilities
  • Equal opportunities for work & leisure
  • Domestic collaboration
  • Good role models
  • Family well-being

The manual of good practices will not be functional only for the youth workers, but also for the youth, parents, and teachers.

Need: Creation of suitable improved educational content for the youth which they can make use of in their daily routines.

PR2- Educational content for equal parenting (Theory)

Our vision at Equal Parenting is clear: we strive to cultivate happier, more resilient families by challenging the traditional roles of mothers and fathers and promoting equal parenting. Imagine a world where the responsibilities of parenting are shared equally, not just by necessity but by choice, enhancing the lives of all family members. In many societies, parenting is still seen through a traditional lens where roles are often divided by gender. But what if we could change that? What if both parents shared the joy and the challenges of raising children equally? Our project is committed to making this vision a reality by educating and empowering youth workers and educators. We aim to integrate equal parenting principles into formal education and curricula across various educational institutions and organizations. By dismantling outdated stereotypes and eliminating barriers within families, we pave the way for future generations to grow up in environments free from the constraints of predefined parental roles. Currently, there is a significant gap in training for youth workers and educational content for young adults on how to approach parenting equally.

 

Most educational frameworks lack the tools to teach young adults and prospective parents about sharing life’s responsibilities without bias towards gender. To bridge this gap, we developed a comprehensive training program designed specifically for youth workers and educators. This program is equipped with a suite of tools, exercises, and real-life experiences curated by external experts in the field. Our curriculum is designed to provide youth workers with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively convey the principles of equal parenting. Through our training, participants will learn innovative strategies to teach young adults how to embrace and practice equal parenting, ensuring that the next generation of parents can lead by example and raise their children in a truly balanced and happy environment.

PR3- Youth Workers training program (Train the trainer)

The Equal Parenting Project’s Online Resource Guidebook is a comprehensive resource that navigates you through our digital materials, developed under the Erasmus+ program, to advance equal parenting and dismantle gender stereotypes in family roles. We aim to empower youth workers, educators, and parents with essential skills for fostering equitable and supportive family environments.

 

Our belief in the practicality of equal parenting roles underpins our efforts to promote shared responsibilities and mutual respect among parents. This guide introduces you to our project’s core materials, including our website, best practice manuals, training courses, and educational content. Dive in with an open mind to explore and apply these insights, contributing to a narrative of equality, understanding, and collective well-being in parenting. Welcome to a journey of transformation towards equal parenting.

ONLINE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE

FOR EQUAL PARENTING

The need for this PR is easily accessible content for youth workers and youngsters in digital form. We will develop a bite-size educational resource, an online learning system in today’s world known as the standard in professional education. The system will be a platform that provides knowledge to young workers and adults, which is easy to understand and process.

In addition, short videos with stereotypes about root conflict situations in parenting will be produced in this PR.

Equal Parenting
E-learning course
This course aims to foster a more balanced, respectful, and nurturing family environment, empowering parents to model equality and teamwork for their children.
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Kick off meeting

Porto, Portugal 30.06 - 03.07.2022

Equal Parenting - 2nd TPM

24-25.5.2023 - Palma de Maiorca

Equal Parenting - LTT

20.11-24.11.2023 - Maribor, Slovenia

Final Conference

20.11-24.11.2023 - Izmir, Turkey

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