Fastrak is proud to have participated in this project aimed at tackling gender inequalities through sport. Information about the project can be found on the project’s Facebook page and on its website.
LEVERAGING SPORT TO TACKLE GENDER INEQUALITIES
The Europe 2020 strategy brings out gender equality as a lever of economic growth, employment, social cohesion and sustainable development. The European Parliament resolution of 2012/2116(INI) insists that “gender roles are shaped and imposed through a variety of social influences, including in education”. The Committee of Ministers to member States recommends gender mainstreaming in sport in order to “encourage, enable and support, by using specific training and tools, physical education and sports teachers, trainers, coaches and instructors to promote equality between girls and boys in sport, and manage problem situations caused by gender differences and intercultural issues pertaining to the access to and the practice of sport, physical activity and physical education” (CM/Rec(2015)2).
Through practising sport, young people can acquire important skills and attitudes, including leadership, discipline, empathy, teamwork and self-confidence. But often the learning process is shaped by gender segregation. Some key competencies for working life, such as leadership or self-confidence, are taught through predominantly male sports activities, whereas empathy or self-discipline are taught through sports normally undertaken by females. A similar gender segregation can be observed in working life. Youth leaders and sport instructors have a crucial role to play. At schools, day camps, out-of-school clubs, they teach young people the skills for life. It is therefore crucial that we sensitise and train these people on these issues.
THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE EFFECTIVE TOOLS TO DEAL WITH GENDER INEQUALITIES IN SPORT
1. A digital learning course on gender equality in sport activities for youth leaders and sport instructors. This is for use in education and training centres and can be easily integrated into existing training programmes. This course is available now on the project website.
2. A trainer’s guide accompanies the digital learning materials, providing guidance on educational methods and facilitation techniques.
3. An awareness guide on the effects of gender issues in sports activities for youth and sports organisations helps these organisations to integrate a gender equality approach into their practices.
4. A definition of the skills, competencies and knowledge needed to the Egalitarian Youth and Sport Instructor in the format of the European Qualification Framework (EQF).
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The European project “Leveraging sport to tackle gender inequalities” is a strategic partnership for youth subsidised by the Erasmus+ programme. The two-year project, which started in March 2016 and completed in May 2018, aims to sensitise youth leaders and sports instructors to the issues of gender equality, encouraging them to deliver sports activities that are free of stereotyping. The project also aims to make young people aware of the importance of gender diversity in sports.
THE PARTNERSHIP GATHERS TOGETHER FIVE ORGANISATIONS WITH COMPLEMENTARY PROFILES AND COMPETENCES COMING FROM FOUR DIFFERENT COUNTRIES
THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR SPORT RESEARCH (ROMANIA)
The National Institute for Sport Research (RO: Institutul National de Cercetare pentru Sport) is a unique public institution and facility in the field of applied research in sport. NISR’s primary objective is sustaining Romanian high performance sport activities and athletes through the specific means of 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; and developing regional and transnational strategies and programmes in sport.
FASTRAK CONSULTING LTD (UK)
UK-based, but working internationally, Fastrak specialises in the application of media and technology to vocational learning. Fastrak provides assistance to organisations of all types: corporate training departments, public authorities, voluntary organisations, professional bodies, new media publishers or training providers.
Ni+Ni (“ No more, no less”) is a consultancy company specialised in Gender Equality. Ni+Ni advises and supports public and private organisations in the design and implement of a gender equality approach. Ni+Ni develops specific diagnostics for public and private organisations by comparing the situation of men and women with different criteria, such as remuneration, recruitment, training, qualification, classification, promotion, health and safety, work-family balance. Based on analysis results, Ni+Ni designs appropriate and efficient gender equality approaches.
CIAPE – ITALIAN CENTRE FOR ADULT LEARNING (ITALY)
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 to ensure the accessibility of learning to a 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.
GUIMEL is a young company, created in August 2015. The team of GUIMEL has a large experience in European projects as they worked at the European Pole of MPS on more than 80 EU projects over 15 years in the field of EQUAL and LLP, as coordinator or as partner. GUIMEL is already engaged in ERASMUS + projects (Gender Equality, ICT, Sports, Healthcare). Guimel is also involved in the research project ECVET Development, CEC.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.