Consultative Workshop on Gender Study Curriculum

on Wednesday, 11 June 2014. Posted in Category 1

Creating Gender study curriculum in Academic is to address gender studies in higher education and gender related topics.

Phnom Penh 08 July 20014 – Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and Gender and Development for Cambodia (GADC) are implementing a project “Gender Mainstreaming in Academic Year” in Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) under supported by AECID through PYD since 2011.

Center for Population Studies (CPS) of the RUPP and GADC conducted the collaborative study on the feasibility on demand for gender related studies at tertiary education. This study aimed to explore the demand for gender studies a level of tertiary education, potential aspects of gender course to be taught and potential berries for universities to provide such course. The study found that the high demand for gender related studies in higher education and the offering for a gender course and gender related topic in curriculum. While the high demand for more gender course in curriculum, the providing of gender course at the universities were not enough to understand key gender issues and theories, particularly related to Cambodia context. 

The prominent of gender issues in Cambodia society needs to address such as domestic violence, discrimination against women, and low level of women’s participation in social and economic development. Moreover, the finding of the study, some constraints in providing gender related course in university education were reported by academic staff, including the lack of gender specialists among university staff, particularly female lecture, and inadequate academic resources such as textbooks, research, and case studies focused on the Cambodia context.        

Therefore, RUPP and GADC aim to create the gender studies curriculum in the academic study for universities to include it in their study programme. The curriculum will fill a gape of gender studies in the university level. In addition, GADC will build the capacity of university lecturers to teach the gender course in their universities.