Synai/no | Non-formal education program on consent for high school students
Synai/no for high school is one of Genderhood’s non-formal education programs on consent, self-determination, and body autonomy, which are part of inclusive sexuality education. This workshop seeks to prevent incidents of gender-based violence and abuse in the underage population and promotes gender equality.
In the beginning, through role-play and brainstorming, children practice different ways of expressing consent in their daily lives. At the same time, in a safe context, they discover how they can communicate their feelings about their bodies, needs, and desires. Finally, the Synai/no workshop provides adolescents with specific strategies for respecting boundaries and responding appropriately when consent is not given. Thus, they are motivated to act more consensually with self-activity and self-care to gradually build their later life and interpersonal relationships with self-confidence and free will.
Design: Lamprini Georgiou, Educator
Empowering Teenagers through Non-Formal Education: Promoting Consent Education
We firmly believe in the power of non-formal education to foster healthy relationships and promote consent among teenagers. We acknowledge that discussing consent can be challenging, and traditional educational settings may not always adequately address this topic. That’s why we offer innovative and interactive workshops, discussions, and activities that empower teenagers to understand and assert their boundaries. By engaging teenagers in non-formal educational approaches, we enable them to explore various scenarios, understand the nuances of consent, and develop the skills needed to communicate their wishes effectively.
Through our non-formal education initiatives, we strive to equip teenagers with the knowledge and tools necessary to navigate relationships and establish healthy boundaries. We firmly believe that investing in non-formal education can empower them to make informed decisions, cultivate meaningful connections, and contribute to a safer and more inclusive society.
- they recognize situations in which consent may be necessary
- they develop communication skills for consent expression
- they explore power dynamics and discover how these can affect the ability of individuals to give and receive consent
- they are empowered in the context of discovering and accepting themselves and others
- they become familiar with methods of boundaries respect
- they develop critical thinking about gender stereotypes
- acceptance and respect for everything different and diverse are cultivated
For the school and the classroom:
- the classroom and the school are transformed into an environment of free expression for all, regardless of age, gender, or cultural background
- sexual harassment and assault incidents are reduced
- the student community is educated in respecting boundaries
- phenomena such as school violence and bullying due to gender expression are prevented and dealt with
- an inclusive climate in terms of gender and diversity in education is fostered
- the mental health and well-being of the whole community are enhanced
- Facilitators: Two (2) educators from the Genderhood team
- Location: school classroom
- Duration: 90′
- Target group: students 13-15 y.o.
- Group number: 20 students (or number equal to a school class)