In May and June this year, Status M was conducting piloting sessions of the EQUI-X program in two high schools in Zagreb: Industrial engineering school and Machinery and Technical School Faust Vrančić. Before the piloting sessions, a qualitative research was conducted in the form of focus groups with students and professionals from both schools participating in the piloting sessions. The goal of the qualitative research was to determine and map in detail the needs of students and professionals working with them, as well as the omnipresent problems they are facing on a daily basis concerning gender, masculinities, sexual and reproductive health, violence, fatherhood and care.
After the research was conducted, the piloting sessions were implemented. In total, 12 group education workshops of 2 hours each were conducted with the students of the two aforementioned schools, that is, six group education workshops per school. There were 44 students participating in the piloting sessions in total, 21 from Industrial engineering school and 23 from Machinery and Technical School Faust Vrančić, all aged between 15 and 17.
The piloting sessions were based on Promundo’s and CARE International’s wide-spread and scientifically recognized and accepted methodologies: Program H, Program M, Manhood 2.0, Youth Living Peace, Program Y. Additionally, sessions from Heads UP! A toolkit of sessions to run with young people to promote mental health and emotional well-being by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and UK Youth on mental health awareness, emotional-well being, stress and emotions were also included within the piloting sessions.
At the moment, the methodology that is going to be used in the implementation phase of the EQUI-X project is being developed in accordance to the findings and conclusions of the piloting sessions. Status M is also developing workshops on cyber violence and, similarly to the Portugese team, developing workshops that will directly adress issues of race/ethnicity and intercultural awareness, sensitivity and competence which bill be tested in the implementation phase of the project.
The implementation phase of the project will start in October and take place in three schools and two juvenile detention centres in Zagreb and Zagreb county areas. Moreover, it is planned that during the implementation phase, a youth-led campaing will be launched and implemented on the occassion of Human Rights Day, December 10, 2018.