Adapting the course “Harmonious family relationships” for secondary school students

The lack of educational programmes designed for youth, oriented towards creating harmonious and durable families, where all problems are being analyzed and solved in a nonviolent way, made “La Strada” specialists elaborate a curriculum for the optional discipline “Harmonious family relationships” designed for 10th – 12th grades students.

Date: Thursday, July 1, 2021

 

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In the 2016-2017 academic year, the course has been implemented in 22 educational institutions in the Republic of Moldova. And during 2016-2020 it was being taught in more than 40 lyceums across the country. Over 20 lecturers teaching “harmonious relationships” but also their students mentioned that it is one of the most popular optional courses in their schools. Teachers also added that they would prefer to talk about harmonious relationships and empathetic communication to younger students as well.

By signing the agreement, UN Women and “La Strada”, with financial support from Sweden, take joined responsibility to extend the age range of students learning about harmonious family relationships, from resources and content adapted to their needs and age peculiarities.

A study on the impact of the discipline after the first year of implementation shows that a part of the knowledge gained by the high school students has been applied in practice in their personal relationships: we have learned not to be slaves of love feelings, to be honest with our partners, we have learn how to build a strong, long-lasting relationship, how to communicate, how to solve problems, not avoid them, as avoiding leads to something grave; These classes give us the opportunity to express our opinions. It doesn’t matter wether it is correct or not. It is important to say everything we believe, and then compare our opinions. These classes also have a beneficial impact on relationships between students and their parents – After discussing the topics analyzed in the course, my mother and I got closer.

Daniela Misail-Nichitin, “La Strada” Executive Director: “The discipline is very relevant for secondary school students, as it perfectly responds to the needs of 14 – 15 years old children. We are grateful to UN Women for being a donner and a reliable partner willing to support investments in education. We appreciate the openness of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research because although the school curriculum is very busy, it gives to the students, teachers and parents the opportunity to learn more about building and maintaining harmonious, healthy family relationships, within this optional discipline”.

Dominika Stojanoska, UN Women Moldova Representative: Gender stereotypes and social norms are at the root of perpetuation of gender inequalities. The roles attributed to women and men, to girls and boys both in a family and in the society create unequal relations, leading to discrimination and gender-based violence. We have to work with teenagers, both with girls and boys, in order to combat existing stereotypes and promote positive social norms, based on equality and mutual respect via education system. We strongly believe that, via this partnership with La Strada and launch of programmes regarding harmonious relationships, we take confident steps in this direction.

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The optional discipline “Harmonious family relationships” is a source of information for teenagers but also a discipline for meditation, a lab where students gain new assertive communication competencies and learn how to build long-lasting, healthy relationships, in their future families. The adaptation of the “Harmonious family relationships” for 8th – 9th grades represents a follow-up of efforts made by “La Strada” in preventing gender-based violence and reducing violence against women by educating youth across the country