Nordic Gender Equality Promotion E-training:
Six Promising Gender Equality Practices in Early childhood and Basic education.

Nordic countries view gender equality as important; each nation has specified the advancement of gender equality as a task for its educational institutions. However, despite four decades of projects, legal demands, and recommendations, Nordic gender equality still appears to be a goal that will be achieved in the future, rather than a contemporary reality. Our training tackles this challenge by taking gender equality into practice.

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This e-training focuses on gender equality promotion practices in Early Childhood (Kindergartens, day-care centres) and Basic Education (pre-school – 9th grade) in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway) and Autonomous regions (Faroe Islands and Greenland). The e-training will develop understanding of six most promising practices furthering gender equality in education such as gender mainstreaming; gender equality planning at schools (GEP); recruiting gender equality educators; Nordic gender-equality certificate; promoting gender balance and diversity among educational staff; and inclusion of parents on gender equality promotion.

How to Participate

Our Promising Nordic Practices in Gender Equality and Equity promotion is NOW open for enrolment.

Enroll in our self-paced asynchronous independent study by sending an email to jose.cardonalopez[a]oulu.fi.

Tuition Language English (general discussion forums) and E-training discussions areas in owns participant’s countries’ language.

The content is:
Unit 1: Gender mainstreaming in education, both in teaching and learning;
Unit 2: Gender equality planning at schools (GEP);
Unit 3: Recruiting gender equality educators to municipalities;
Unit 4: Nordic gender-equality certificate for educational institutions;
Unit 5: Promoting gender balance and diversity among educational staff;
Unit 6: Gender equality work with the parents of students.
Feedback and Closure session.

Length of e-training: Six weeks, approximately 30 hours of work.

Once you have enrolled, an email reminder and date’s confirmation will be sent with your log in information.


Participants are asked to write a report and send it to their respective tutor by the end of the e-training. In the report participants should address their relevant Gender Equality Promotion experiences on relation to the material studied. (For instance, a headmaster may explain how recruitment of Gender equality educators was done at their institution/school/community, reporting their findings by identifying best/promising practices, measurable outcomes, tackling challenges, and specifying what /how resources were used.)

NOTE! Nordic Gender Equality Promotion E-training is a research based environment, its materials, forums discussions, and participants’ writings could be used for research purposes. All materials will be managed with utmost care, anonymity and ethically. If you would like to have more information or you do not wish to have you materials used for this purpose, please contact your specific e-training country coordinator or jose.cardonalopez(at)oulu.fi


Firouz Gaini, firouzg(at)setur.fo (Faroe Islands)
Bergljót Þrastardóttir, bergljot(at)jafnretti.is (Iceland)
Mia Heikkilä, mia.heikkila(at)mdh.se (Sweden)
Mervi Heikkinen, mervi.heikkinen(at)oulu.fi (Finland)
Cecilie Nørgaard, cecilie.norgaard(at)mail.dk (Denmark)
Ole Bredesen Nordfjell, ole(at)reform.no (Norway)

(Updated May 16 2016)