The students not only learn regular subjects like Math and Science, but also important household chores like ironing, sewing, and cooking.
While raising children, you try to teach them to be as independent as they can. But when they are molded to fit the typical gender stereotypes, you are essentially depriving your child of certain skills and making them rely on their future partner to fulfill the same.
A school in Spain called Colegio De Fomento Montecastelo is breaking down the stigma around gender roles and making sure that both girls and boys are equally independent when they graduate from school and step into the real world. Along with the regular subjects like history, science, and mathematics, the boys in the school are also taught important things like ironing, cooking, and sewing.
When the boys see their own professors, who teach the other regular subjects, also showing them how to iron, it will make sure that the boys don't grow up believing that these are the kind of things that the women in their life will always do for them. "They must understand that this is not a woman’s job, but also a man’s one," said Andrès Luna, the Economy professor said, as reported by Konbini.
What children learn in school lays the foundation for who they are as adults. They carry lessons from school into adulthood, which makes it all the more important for both boys and girls to learn these basic skills. But rather than just teach it to them, the school has decided to practice what they preach. "We, men, must take things to the next level and we noticed that in school, conferences and theoretical classes are not efficient, so what’s better than practice?" said Jose Manuel Rodriguez, the school director, and the person behind the program.
The school's initiative helps in building a better society where each individual is well-equipped to take care of themselves and do not succumb to outdated gender stereotypes. What started out as an idea to teach the students how to cook is now a thoughtful program. They eventually added chores like washing and being aware of how to keep their homes neat and clean. "They need to know how to iron too," Economy professor Andrès Luna adds.
The school understands that it's not just essential to teach children fundamental science, multiplication, and languages, but also life-enhancing skills. They no longer have to depend on their mothers or their future partners; they can handle it all on their own and even pitch in with taking care of the house when they get into relationships as adults. "When we talk about cooking to school children this is seen to be quite normal, but regarding the other housework chores, some people were not very convinced," the college administration said.
While the kids may have needed some easing in, they were gradually able to see how much their parents do for them through the program. "At first, I thought it was a joke, that it couldn’t be", one of the students said, while another said, "I personally feel that it allows me to realize how much work it is for parents and I see it’s not that easy." When it comes to self-defense, the school includes both boys and girls in their program as well.
Other institutions are also adding similar initiatives to their regular syllabus after seeing how effective it was in teaching students about household responsibilities. As the kids adapted to the new program in the school, their parents were able to see how it had a significant change on them and how they understood that household chores are something to be distributed equally between both genders. It's a wonderful model that could shape children into being well-rounded adults who are able to embrace equality in the right way.