Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.
– Kofi Annan
In Don Bosco Kep we believe in the following principles about gender equality:
- Boys and girls should be educated in the same places, with the same rights and duties, because humanity is only one, we all walk through the earth with the same dreams for better societies, peace, love, and care for our home-planet. When boys and girls study together, they become tolerant and respectful to each other, and learn how to work in teams, without gender preconceptions.
- The ancestral Cambodian culture is matriarchal. It is on the Cambodian blood. The first monarch of Cambodia was a woman, the daughter of the Dragon-King, who married an Indian Brahman, Kundian. It is the woman that runs the domestic economy, with the help of her husband, who usually gives her all his money.
- We believe that gender equality does not mean to give all priority to girls and women, discriminating males. In such way it would not be gender equality, but it would move the scale to the other side of the problem. Forgetting boys and young men just because they are males and can get better opportunities by themselves, while girls and women are in social disadvantage, does not solve the problem and on the contrary could worsen it. Boys and young men without education means violence, insecurity, and domestic violence. They are also potential victims of many kinds of abuse, including human trafficking and slavery… Besides, we know that a good gift for a woman’s life is a good man, so we keep our compromise of educating boys and young men to be good people as well.
For this reason, we adopted the following policies in our Technical School for gender equality education:
- All technical sections are open to both genders, including sections that are traditionally associated to male gender in Cambodia. We do not follow rules like engineering for men and secretariat for women.
- Teachers, instructors, and volunteers are educated in gender equality principles, not discriminating girls or young women in any academic, sportive or cultural activities.
- We don’t discriminate teachers and students that have preferences for their own gender, respecting their sexual preferences whether they are kept private or made public. People with same sexual preferences must follow the same duties and responsibilities inside the school, using uniforms as others and not claiming special conditions or treatment.
- We work to prevent bullying of any kind inside and outside the school.