‘Gender as a missing lens – How to introduce gender into history teaching’ (2016) was a 6 month project, funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation and initiated in Cyprus. The project was implemented by the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR), in partnership with the Mediterranean Institute of Gender Studies (MIGS), the NGO Support Centre and the University of Nicosia’s Cyprus Centre for European and International Affairs (CCEIA).
The project’s objective was to raise awareness and increase the capacity of educators across Cyprus in order to empower them to integrate a gender equality perspective in their teaching practices, whilst making students in Cyprus more aware of gender equality and better equipped to adopt a gender approach, incorporate critical thinking and a multiperspective approach to learning.
As part of the project, a series of trainings, based on AHDR’s publication ‘How to Introduce a Gender Perspective in History Teaching’ were be organized which provided educators with key tools to implement gender awareness to their teaching. These trainings allowed participants to transfer their own knowledge on gender within the local context. The activities presented through our trainings and the manual, were piloted in schools. Finally, the students engaged in these activities were asked to submit a questionnaire, which allowed us assess shifts in knowledge and critical approaches.