School-based prevention project launched in Da Nang
A school-based violence prevention project was launched on 9 July, in Da Nang, Viet Nam, by PyD in conjunction with the central city's Department of Education and Training. The project aims to create an enabling environment within schools for gender violence prevention and mitigation through advocacy among students, teachers, students' clubs, and policy makers.
The project will be implemented until 2014, with financial and technical support from the Spanish Agency for International Development and Partners for Prevention, with additional technical support provided by a team from the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW) Asia office. The project’s approach and curriculum was adapted from the Gender Equity Movement in Schools (GEMS) model that has been implemented in India and has shown results.
"Working with children who are still forming ideas about gender and violence has proven to be an effective strategy for preventing violence later on in life," said Benjamin Swanton, Project Manager for PyD’s Joint Campaign for Prevention of Domestic Violence.
It will be carried out in 10 junior high schools that are selected at random, and later expanded to 10 more schools in the city.
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