Promoting equality in schools and educational institutions

Authorities, education providers and other communities offering education or tuition must promote gender equality in a purposeful and planned manner in all their activities.

It is also the education provider's responsibility to make sure that all educational institutions under its administration carry out purposeful and planned work to promote gender equality as part of the human rights education in schools. The education provider is responsible for promoting equality in educational institutions and preventing discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression according to each educational institutions own equality plan.

Within the scope of the planned, equality-promoting work which aims to develop the educational institution's operations, particular attention should be paid to student selection, organising the studies, assessing students, different learning styles, and preventing and eliminating sexual and gender-based harassment.

When preparing the planned work at the educational institution and when making decisions on equality-promoting measures the prevention of discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression should also be taken into account. This means e.g. that the educational institution teaches its students to appreciate everyone and tells them about gender diversity.