Aims and objectives

Free will be implemented in 5 countries (the UK, Greece, Spain, North Macedonia), where GB discrimination in school settings is a persistent challenge. Unfortunately, in some cases, teachers are part of the problem. Plan International’s research across many parts of the world shows that teachers may abuse their position of power by engaging in psychological bullying of students, using violent
discipline, dispensing unacceptable, disrespectful attitudes, or even engaging in transactional sex
with girls in return for waiving school fees or giving better grades. At the same time, teachers are the
most important education resource globally. Additionally, female teachers are themselves vulnerable to violence and discrimination, experiencing harassment and abuse at the hands of students, fellow
teachers and school management. Often, teachers are frequently unable to speak out about violence,
either against them or against students, for fear of retribution.

FREE was created with the following objectives

  • build the capacities of teachers focusing on (a) skills (b) knowledge (c) attitudes

  • raise the awareness of parents on gender-based discrimination

  • provide the means to change culture by piloting a whole school approach for preventing GB discrimination
    and violence.