Even though most people learn basic tasks like cooking, sewing, and ironing at home, it’s completely different when a school offers it as an additional class, and it’s especially good for boys to build values regarding gender equality and break the stigmas they face when doing these activities.
Montecastelo School of Spain teaches its students exactly this, and it’s under the slogan “Equality is learned with actions”.
The school, situated in the city of Vigo, announced in 2018 that it’d include lessons in home economics among other subjects. The male students would be taught to do tasks such as ironing, sewing, cooking, and other manual activities such as masonry, carpentry, plumbing, and electrician skills.
All of the classes are taught voluntarily by teachers, representatives of the campus, and some of the fathers of the students.
Gabriel Bravo, the coordinator of the establishment, explained that all of the activities were carried out because it seemed very useful for their students to learn to perform these tasks so they can be involved in their family, and, when they form one of their own, know that it consists of two people, and it’s not just the woman that has to clean, do the dishes, iron clothes, etc.
The idea came when the school administration was searching for ways that could promote gender equality criteria for their students, and the project was communicated with parents and students. Even though the students were uncomfortable with the idea at first, they soon realized that they actually like these activities.