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First Women and Education Forum

Introduction:

Following the directives of Her Royal Highness, Princess Sabeeka Bint Ibrahim Al Khalifa, Wife of His Majesty the King and President of the Supreme Council for Women, the first Women and Education Forum is held in cooperation with the Ministry of Education. This comes in line with the framework of the Supreme Council for Women's efforts to activate partnership with the parties responsible for maintaining the sustainability of national efforts toward Bahraini women's advancement, develop their status and enhance their contribution to the comprehensive development.

The Forum comes as part of the efforts exerted by the Supreme Council for Women to achieve Bahraini women advancement and maintain their opportunity to participate in the development in a way that encourages different social parties to achieve aspired development goals and benefit from that integration toward a future that is more equitable for women.

The event coincides, on the international level, with the world looking forward to the 2nd generation of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015 as well as the launch of 2nd agenda of the Ministry of Education after the year 2015. The mutual ambition of both international aspirations is to make the world more equitable and friendly toward humans, particularly women, and this, in turn, is one of the aspects of the forum.

Goals:

The Forum aims to achieve the following goals:

Main Goal

Activate the role of education in consolidating the positive approaches toward Bahraini women through spreading the culture of equity of opportunities.

Sub-Goals

  • Raise the level of awareness about primary women issues in the Kingdom of Bahrain and the role of the Supreme Council for Women in this field.
  • Reinforce the role of the educational institution in spreading the culture of equity of opportunities; consolidate values and positive tendencies toward integrating women's needs in the development process, as well as to spread this culture through educational tools especially in curricula.
  • Highlight the role of educational institutions in activating the National Plan of the Advancement of Bahraini Women.

 

Expected Outputs:

  • Planning to set up educational and awareness programs to highlight the efforts of the Supreme Council for Women to support Bahraini women march.
  • Determining work priorities to integrate women's needs in education and achieve equity of opportunities.
  • Adopting the mechanisms of activating educational and teaching activities (in and out of the class) and develop them in a way that consolidate the role of women and their participation in the development based on the principle of opportunities equity.
  • Implementing the skills of analytical meditation of the curricula based on the equity of opportunities principle.

Themes:

In order to achieve the Forum's goals and its outputs, presentations and papers, by the keynote speakers, will focus on the following themes:

  • The Role of the Supreme Council for Women in the field of supporting Bahraini women advancement
  • The achievements of the Supreme Council for Women and its aspirations.
  • The role of educational institution as a partner in the integration of women needs and maintain the equity of opportunities principle.

Workshops:

 In addition to the presentations and papers, the Forum will include 3 parallel workshops:

First Workshop:

The workshop aims to employ the content of curricula in consolidating the positive approaches toward integrating women's needs in the development process and spread the culture of equity of opportunities.

Second Workshop:

The workshop aims to planning to employ educational and awareness programs (in and out of the class) to enrich school curricula with concepts that support the role of women in the development process.

Third Workshop:

The workshop aims to adopting mechanisms that would activate educational and cultural awareness programs at educational institutions regarding integrating women's needs in the development process and implementing the equity of opportunities principle.

Targeted Audience:

  • Curriculum Specialists of languages, humanities and social sciences at the Curricula Directorate.
  • Specialists of Educational Supervision of school subjects at the Educational Supervision Directorate.
  • Schools Headmasters and their Assistants at secondary schools.
  • Senior teachers at secondary schools.