Will this be the way in which we prevent violence against women in the future? The SA schools tackling a serious issue early on...
For some men there's a sense of entitlement. Boys grow up thinking that's the way they need to be men.
For women... For young girls… to grow up saying this is what i deserve… but what if all this misery could be headed off at the pass?
It's all about respect, it's about having respect for themselves, it's about respect for other people and what better place to start than in primary school
"At Woodend we have a really supportive school environment that is open to new learnings, open to new ideas".
The teachers at this Sheidow park centre of learning are reaching out to them young.
"I think we're all realising as we go that being the top dog is not about dominating people… women, other men, other children... It's about being respectful and fitting in with the community".
“Is to really define man up... To know that if somebody, if you say man up to someone you’re talking about taking responsibility for yourself, you’re talking about being respectful and being able to confront problems in a way that is useful not harmful to other people".
Teachers Jarrod Lambshed and Aimee Aparitheo are passionate about their role in making these kids better adults.
“This is not girls versus boys, it's not battle of the sexes, it's not us and them… It is about finding ways to have successful relationships with everybody."
While the movies can set up unhealthy stereotypes, it’s the appalling behaviour of adults in real life that is much more damaging... Like the parents brawling at a children's birthday party yesterday in Sydney or the mum calling on her six year old son to attack the woman she's fighting in a shopping centre… What hope has he got?
'Being a man for us is more to be respectful and treat others the way we'd like to be treated," says Brian
Megan Hughes from the Southern Domestic Violence service says… "It's incredibly serious, it would be the greatest scourge that the Australian community is facing. It really is important for children to learn that this is a public issue not a private one."
So what they're doing at Sheidow Park is vital.
Principal Brian Marshall is another who see's this as an important addition to the curriculum… "Producing citizens that can contribute to our society and be good role models for others and the role models in relationships are most important".
Should this be in every school in the nation?
“This will be the way in which we prevent violence against women in the future,” says Megan.
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