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Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Transformative workshop on gender equality

EMPOWERING FUTURE EDUCATORS: The Faculty of Education, in collaboration with the Institutional Transformation Forum recently hosted a thought-provoking  workshop targeting Intermediate Phase student-teachers. EMPOWERING FUTURE EDUCATORS: The Faculty of Education, in collaboration with the Institutional Transformation Forum recently hosted a thought-provoking workshop targeting Intermediate Phase student-teachers.

The Faculty of Education, in collaboration with the Institutional Transformation Forum, extends its gratitude to a seasoned Psychosexual Educator, Delene van Dyk, for conducting a thought-provoking Gender Equity Workshop.

This session delved deep into the complexities of gender binaries and societal boxes, offering fresh perspectives and challenging conventional norms, observed Clive Brown, Chairperson of the Faculty of Education Transformation Committee. Brown said the workshop was designed to provide a profound understanding of four key concepts within the binaries and boxes framework: sex, gender, sexual orientation, and sexual pleasure. “Through this exploration, participants were encouraged to deconstruct rigid and linear notions of biological variance, sexual and gender identity, expression, and sexual behaviour. The session aimed to tackle heteronormativity head-on, reduce stereotypes, and debunk pervasive myths”

Targeting Intermediate Phase student-teachers, the workshop emphasised the importance of preparing future educators to navigate and teach in diverse and inclusive environments. The session was a crucial step in broadening the minds of these future professionals, equipping them with the knowledge and sensitivity required to address gender-related issues in both South African and global contexts.

Brown highlighted the extensive efforts involved in securing funding for this invaluable workshop. He expressed his gratitude to Byron Abrahams, Secretary of the Faculty of Education Transformation Committee, for his instrumental role in this process. Brown emphasised that financial support was essential to infuse the teaching curriculum with a focus on gender studies, a topic often overlooked amidst the diversity within higher education.

Van Dyk, a counsellor, and sexual health nurse with over thirty years of experience, currently serves as the Training and Education Manager at My Sexual Health’s sexology courses. Brown praised her ability to navigate through challenging questions and provided insightful commentary on topics that are often considered taboo in many South African households. He said: “Delene was simply excellent in navigating through questions, examples, and commentary which in many South African households is taboo or unquestionable. As a pertinent committee within the Faculty of Education, we believe that the transformation of behaviour through one's actions stems from the knowledge in which you engage. We will definitely have Delene back real soon. Thank you.”

He added that the workshop represented a significant step towards fostering a more inclusive and understanding educational environment, ensuring that CPUT's future educators are well-equipped to make a meaningful impact in the diverse classrooms they will lead.

Written by CPUT News

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