Teaching Across Intersections
Project Code 2021-1-CZ01-KA220-SCH-000027740
Website in preparation (by CIG NORA)
TAI acronym of “teaching across intersections” is a three-year project co-financed by Erasmus + program of the European Commission (Key Action 220, school sector) promoted and coordinated by CIG NORA, a feminist study center based in Brno, Czech Republic.
Idrisi Cultura e Sviluppo is a project partner together with Association WalkTogether, a non-profit and youth work center based in Sofia, Bulgaria and Asociatia Young Initiative, a non-profit organization for social inclusion and education of vulnerable targets based in Bucharest, Romania.
Imagine living in an intersection where three streets intersect. The first leads to a university, the second to good quality and low-priced food, the last to renovated, rent-controlled apartments. Now imagine growing up at a completely different intersection with the first road leading to a prison, the second road to a damaged sewer system, the third road to unreasonably expensive groceries.
Teaching Across Intersections (TAI) is a project focused on secondary school pupils whose lives are affected by a combination of different types of disadvantages: inhabitants of the second type of "crossroads". Those identities are omitted from traditional education systems. Those who were born on the "wrong" crossroads. Various studies of contemporary school curricula have shown that the identities and life trajectories portrayed reflect the interests of pupils belonging to the normative majority of society. Consequently, the experience represented is predominantly white, cis masculine, bourgeois, heterosexual and able-bodied. The lack of an intersectional approach in secondary education is therefore the main problem that TAI intends to address. Insufficient teaching methodologies negatively affect pupils' educational outcomes as well as choices regarding their future. Traditional teaching practices do not fully reflect the social reality of marginalized pupils: structural discrimination based on multiple intersections means that the specific needs of children are invisible not only in the school curriculum, but also in the imagination of teachers and, on the whole, in the educational settings. For this reason, the TAI project aims to integrate the intersectional perspective into everyday teaching methods, producing three important project results (comparative reporting, innovative manual, e-learning platform). Numerous partnership meetings, multiplication activities and an LTTA are also planned.
The project started on February 1, 2022 and will end on January 31, 2025.