Go Girls is the study of culture and its impact on *gender in relation to the interaction of individuals and groups. It is an interdisciplinary subject that includes history and social studies, holistic health and well-being (inclusive of physical, social, intellectual, emotional, occupational, environmental, financial and spiritual wellness) human sexuality, philosophy and social science. Through an exploration of issues, case studies, current and historical events, Go Girls is intended to be approached through an inquiry-based stance that is relevant and reflective of the experiences and challenges faced by today’s youth. Content is uncovered whilst collaboratively modeling and developing competencies such as critical thinking, empathy and decision making with the goal of making the world a more equitable, inclusive and safe place for all.
We believe that understanding historically and culturally constructed gender norms and the subsequent societal implications of past, present and future structures is essential to inform students’ development and reflections as they develop their own values, beliefs and personal identity. We believe that a holistic approach to wellness must be interwoven into the social act of learning about gender and self-identity. Go Girls curriculum is designed specifically to strengthen students’ social development, confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills.
Go Girls provides learning experiences that immerse students in contexts that encourage value for diversity among all human beings. The concepts of equality, equity and inclusion are central to the learning, demonstrating avenues for compassion, empathy, fairness and justice. By exploring and respecting multiple perspectives, students will come to understand one’s reality and worldview, and how personal identity is informed by experiences within and beyond one’s community. The development of consciousness of social issues, ethics and environment is essential for students and their future.
We believe that attitudes, values and understandings about the world are created through and informed by our learning experiences. The Go Girls curriculum is designed to help students:
- Demonstrate understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion of all genders
- Establish and maintain a healthy body image
- Develop a positive self-image and confidence
- Manage and create healthy relationships with peers, family and school members
- Develop strategies to independently make safe and responsible decisions
- Understand sexuality
- Examine, understand and appreciate the contributions and place of women in history, in society today and in the future.
Competencies, including those outlined by Alberta Education (2016), critical thinking, communication, problem solving, collaboration, managing information, cultural and global citizenship, creativity and innovation, and personal growth and well-being, are explicitly integrated to support students to feel empowered as they explore their own identity and choose to demonstrate their values and beliefs within an ever-changing, complex and diverse world.