From among all the possible topics for a school programme, why this one?
This awareness raising programme was started with the aim of helping to convey values of respect, contributing to real and true equality between boys and girls, to help them to reflect on their own potentials, to believe in their possibilities so that they can achieve their goals and be whatever they want to be.
We firmly believe in the power of boys and girls as the agents of change in our society, acquiring the social and civic skills to relate and interact with others, critically interpret social and cultural media from the viewpoint of equality, and letting each girl and boy develop good self-images and self-confidence on their potentials by having independence and personal initiative.
In the programme ’Yo Puedo Ser...’ we provide you with materials for the classroom that you can use to work with your students:
If we do not study them, it would be as if they never existed. That is why it is so important to put the spotlight on the enormous contributions that women have made throughout history and recover these essential leaders and models in civilisation.
According to the organic law on the real and effective equality of men and women (Organic Law 3/2007 of 22 March)
Article 24. Integration of the principle of equality in education policy.
2. Educational administrations, in the scope of their respective competences, develop to this end these actions:
On its part, the LOMCE (Spanish Organic Law on Improving Educational Quality) carries on this commitment in its objectives and by means of the Core Competences and insertion in the curriculum in several subjects.
(Spanish Organic Law on Improving Educational Quality, LOMCE - Objectives)
d) To be aware of, understand and respect different cultures and the differences between people, the equal rights and opportunities for women and men and non-discrimination of people with disabilities.
m) To develop their emotional capacities in all areas of the personality and in their relationships with others, as well as an attitude against violence, prejudices of any types and sexist stereotypes.
(LOMCE - Article 10. Crosscutting items)
3. The educational administrations will foster the development of values that promote effective equality between women and men and the prevention of gender violence, and the values inherent to the equal treatment principle and non-discrimination for any personal or social condition or circumstance. Sexist behaviours and contents and stereotypes will be avoided that are discriminatory.
4. Primary education curriculums shall incorporate curricular items aimed at the development and strengthening of an entrepreneurial spirit. Educational administrations shall promote measures so that the student body participates in activities that let them strengthen their entrepreneurial spirits and business initiative via skills like creativity, autonomy, initiative, teamwork, self-confidence and critical reasoning.
Moreover, the Congress Equality Commission recently approved an initiative to increase the presence of women in textbooks and thus recognise their necessary role in history, and they are talking now of an upcoming compulsory subject on equality.