IJFANS International Journal of Food and Nutritional Sciences

ISSN PRINT 2319 1775 Online 2320-7876

Gender Sensitive Practices in Kerala- Educating Student Teachers

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Dr. Smitha Eapen


Kerala, God's country, has been in the limelight for various reasons. The country has achieved a lot in the education and health sectors. The country was declared fully literate in 1991. The country has been singled out as a model for development due to its strong social matrixes. The Government of Kerala allocates huge expenditures to nurture new and innovative learning experiences for every child. Educational institutions subject to higher education are mixed. The state's teacher education institutions are co-educational, and the curriculum is formulated to encourage gender-responsive education. Most teacher education institutions have 90 percent female students. Recognizing the diverse roles, responsibilities, and obligations of both men and women in society as well as their interactions, it is important to understand and be sensitive to social and cultural norms and distinctions. This is what it means to be gender sensitive. Kerala society was matrilineal in the cases where we follow Marumakatayam. A summary report published by the Government of India's Ministry of Women and Child Development in 2009* indicated that in 2006, Kerala ranked third among Indian states in the Gender Development Index, GDI, with a score of 0.745. Kudumbashree is just one of the examples of gender sensitive projects in Kerala. The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights took the latest gender-sensitive decisions in the state when it mandated that all educational institutions in the state be converted into co-ed or co-ed schools and that boys-only and only schools may soon become a thing of the past. In order to make the campus more welcoming to women and attentive to their needs, the Kerala government has decided to grant menstrual leave and maternity leave to female students.

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