Doorways Training Manual

TitleDoorways Training Manual
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleOn School-Related Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response
Year of Publication2009
PublisherUnited States Agency for International Development - Office of Women in Development
Accession Number1304

Doorways is a set of three manuals designed for teachers, students and volunteer community counselors. Together these individuals can create a critical mass that brings about transformative, lasting change in both the classroom and larger community. Working at the community level is central to making schools safer and the Doorways program can be integrated into any comprehensive national or local plan to reduce gender-based violence.
Surveys conducted at the beginning and end of the Safe Schools Program in Ghana and Malawi revealed statistically significant changes in student and teacher attitudes and knowledge concerning gender-based violence.
Here are a few examples:
- The percentage of students believing they had the right not to be hurt or mistreated increased from an initial 57% to 70% by the end of the program in Ghana.
- In Malawi the percentage of students who believed teachers did not have the right to shout at, insult or call students names increased from 77% to 93%.
- Prior to the program, 44% of teachers in Malawi knew how to report a violation of the code of conduct; afterwards 83% knew how to report violations.
- Initially in Ghana 32% of teachers agreed that sexual harassment of girls occurred in schools, after the program 79% agreed that girls could experience sexual harassment in school.
The three manuals consist of the Student training Manual (I), the Community Counselor Training Material (II), and the Teacher Training Manual (III). There are also two accompanying reference material booklets.
The three manuals and accompanying resource booklets can be downloaded in .pdf-format via the link given below.

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