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More diversity called for in New Zealand's classrooms - but it's not everything

by Christina Persico - NZ Stuff
Sean Dillon is a Pākeha male - but he's in the minority.

He is a school teacher - a field where three-quarters of the population are female.

New Zealand has 55,020 registered teachers, as at April 2017 - 40,819 of these are women. That is almost three times the 14,201 male teachers educating our children.

Men who care: attracting men into the caring professions

At the same time as efforts rightly focus on getting more women in leadership positions and into male-dominated industries, there is also a movement to encourage more men into the careers dominated by women.

In particular, the caring professions are bereft of men. Early years teaching and nursery workers are almost exclusively female, as is nursing and the social care workforce.

This is despite the fact that vulnerable people sometimes request the same gender care for them because of the intimate nature of the relationship.

£50,000 fund has been announced to help boost the number of men working in Scotland childcare

Around 4% of the current workforce for children’s daycare across Scotland are men.

The Scottish Government’s new Men in Early Years Challenge Fund will be split into two awards of £25,000 and given to two colleges to run pilot projects which support men in childcare.

Colleges across the country will be able to make bids for the cash, which will be administered by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

British College celebrates first male graduates in 126 year history

Norland College, the specialist provider of childcare training and education based in Bath, has celebrated the first male degree graduates in the college’s 126 year history, at its annual graduation ceremony.

Liam Willett, 21, and Harry Pratt, 21, have become the first males to complete the college’s BA (Hons) degree in Early Years Development and Learning.

Teacher's Day: First and only male teacher at Xiaoxihu kindergarten in China

by Liangyu - Xinhua
Guo Xinwang tells story for children at the Xiaoxihu kindergarten in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 6, 2018. Guo, born in 1993 and graduated from the Jiangsu Normal University, became the first and only male teacher of the Xiaoxihu kindergarten three years ago.

Chinese Public schools face shortage of male teachers due to chronically low pay

by Gu Liping - Global Times
As the new school semester begins in September, more and more Chinese primary and middle schools, as well as parents of students, are realizing that urban schools are increasingly facing a shortage of male teachers, and rural schools are facing an overall teacher shortage.

First male special education teacher at Qatar Foundation's Renad Academy

By Fazeena Saleem - The Peninsula - Qatar
The first male special education teacher at Qatar Foundation's Renad Academy has emphasised the importance of more men taking up the profession.

Joseph Norton, lead teacher at Renad Academy, said that the required change in pattern would enable teachers to show students that male teachers can also be enthusiastic, compassionate and gentle.

England: So you want to get more men into primary teaching?

By Maria McArdle - University of Bedfordshire
Just 14 per cent of the nursery and primary teaching workforce in state-maintained schools in England is male, according to the Department for Education.

Why more men should work in childcare in Australia

by Rachel Ziv - RiotAct!
As a society, we've come a long way in the past few decades. More men and women have begun challenging traditional gender roles to pursue careers they enjoy, rather than work that has been viewed as only "for men" or "for women".

Nursery group in London launches action plan to recruit more men to work in the early years

by Meredith Jones Russell - Nursery World
The nursery group, which runs 37 nurseries across London, has launched a campaign for more men in childcare and championing gender inclusiveness.

LEYF is calling for:

Male teachers become rare breed in Korea

By Kim Hyun-bin - The Korean Times
Teaching is one of the most preferred careers in Korea with stable working hours, long vacations and a hefty government pension after retirement. Those factors play their part in making the line of work competitive. However, the profession has been predominantly occupied by women.

Nine out of 10 people that passed the elementary teacher certificate examination this year were female.

We need to support more men to become primary teachers in Australia

Australia is facing a crisis within primary education: there will not be enough teachers to educate the booming population of children coming through.

Rugby player and engineer changes perception of men in childcare

by Melissa McAlees - Nursery News
Hailed as a 'true inspiration', he can often be found dressing up in the role play area at West Downs Day Nursery (Winchester), much to the children's delight.

"No two days are the same and that's the way I like it," he said. "The more I worked in nurseries when I was younger the more I enjoyed it."

Australian childcare worker changing attitudes about male educators

by Agron Latifi - Illawarra Mercury
Blake Stewart is slowly starting to shift perceptions about men working in childcare.

In the process the 24-year-old has become a positive role model for many children from St Luke's Preschool in Dapto.

But it hasn't been easy for Mr Stewart, who received a bit of backlash from parents and other workers at the start of his career.

What it's like to be one of the few black teachers in Wales

By Abbie Wightwick - Wales Online
Four decades after getting its first black head teacher Wales is now thought to have none.

And across the country just 59 of our 36,182 teachers are black.

Figures from the Education Workforce Council show none of Wales’ 1,458 head teachers identify as black and just five are Asian, British Asian, or mixed race.

German elementary schools 'rent' male teachers

The Rent a Teacherman program aims to put more men in elementary schools. It's about time: In the state of Bremen, where the project is based, more than 20 percent of elementary schools don't have a single male teacher.

For many German children, seeing a male teacher during their first four years of schools is an extraordinary experience.

Male teacher shortage leaving Australian boys without role models

by Hayley Sorensen - NT News
An exodus of male teachers from the profession is due in part to a fear of being wrongly painted as a sexual predator, an Estimates hearing has heard.

Education Minister Eva Lawler said the royal commission into child sex abuse had heightened those anxieties. Male teachers were sometimes wary of being alone in classrooms with children, she said.

Why we need more men to become primary teachers in the United Kingdom

by Ryan Stevens - Schoolsweek.com
As a 24-year-old Primary NQT, there is one thing that separates me from the vast majority of my colleagues: I’m a man.

As of the last academic year, 85% of teachers working in primary and nursery settings are female. The average primary school or nursery with under nine full-time equivalent teaching staff, of which there are many, is unlikely to contain even one man.

Why does the divide exist?

Male teachers in Viet Nam stay the course on a difficult road

by Viet Nam News
Since its establishment in 1982, no female teacher has worked at a primary school in the central province of Nghệ An because the working conditions are very difficult. The dedication of male teachers saves the day, Minh Đức reports.

The Tri Lễ 4 Primary School is an educational institution like no other in the country.

Teacher's Day: Sir is not in class in India

by Uma Vishnu - Indian Express
If I am your class teacher, I know everything about you. I am supposed to," says Tathagata Dutta. Only minutes ago, the 31-year-old English teacher at The Shri Ram School, Gurgaon, had given a quick demonstration of those skills. Walking past a student in her football jersey, he had softly asked: "So, whom did you lose to?" "What do you mean?

Concern for vulnerable children as proportion of male teachers drops in Australia

by Jane Gilmore - The Sydney Morning Herald
Men are becoming a token presence in our children's schools. In 2016 fewer than one in five primary school teachers were men and if the current rate of decline continues male teachers will be extinct by 2050.

Tim Clark taught English and media in Melbourne for three years immediately after leaving university. After a break of six years he went back to teaching but left again four years later.

Defying assumptions but teaching with passion in India

by Akangchila Longchar - Dimapur, India
The concept that “Kindergarten teachers are always female” is a gender stereotype that a young male teacher at The Maple Tree School, Dimapur has defied. Imnawapang Changkiri has been working as a full-time kindergarten teacher for five years.

Male teachers still the minority in Western Australian schools

by Emily Baker - The Canberra Times
Julian Hofsink didn't think twice about his gender when he applied to study a Bachelor of Secondary Education at the University of Canberra.

But the second-year student will be in the minority should he work in ACT schools once he finishes his degree.

Minister of Trinidad encourages men to become caregivers

by Camille Clarke - Guardian of Trinidad & Tobago
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (Gender and Child Affairs) Ayanna Webster-Roy says men will be targeted for participation in the next cycle of the Caregivers Training Programme offered by the ministry.

Universities aim to increase Emirati interest in teaching programmes

by Roberta Pennington - UAE The National
If recent enrolment data from two of the country's two federal universities is any indication, Emirati men have very little to no interest in becoming schoolteachers.

Not one male student enrolled for Zayed University's Bachelor of Science in Education programme last year, while just 11 signed up to study at the United Arab Emirates University's College of Education.

Chinese government offers free training to men who want to be preschool teachers

Global Times
Chongqing will fund the training of 77 male nursery teachers to address the gender imbalance in the municipality's kindergartens.

According to a government notice released on April 21, the 77 candidates will receive five years of free training and be given a cash allowance during this period, news portal cqbntv.cn reported Wednesday.

According to the notice, these teachers will be required to work in the kindergartens to which they are assigned for at least six years after their training ends.

The different reasons men and women become teachers in Australia

by Pallavi Singhal - The Sydney Morning Herald
Kai Glennie didn't enjoy any of his classes, had trouble making friends and dreaded going to school every morning.

But soon after he turned 10, he decided to spend the rest of his life in the classroom, as a teacher.

Male early childhood teachers almost quadruple in New Zealand - but lobbyists point to continued 'sexism'

By Simon Collins - Education reporter, NZ Herald
Men teaching in New Zealand preschools have almost quadrupled in nine years - but lobbyists want more support to overcome persistent "sexism" in the sector.

Ministry of Education data shows that the number of male teachers in early childhood has jumped from 129 in 2005 to 494 at last count in 2014.

Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute Graduates 151 Teachers - almost all men

Report by Yawah Jaivey, FPA Contributor
The Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) in Kakata, Margibi County has graduated about 151 trainees from its Cohorts-8 Pre-Service “C” Certificate Program.

Plans in place to attract more men to the classroom in Australia

by Stefanie Balogh - The Australian
A targeted and specific recruitment drive is needed to attract more men into the nation’s classrooms to arrest a male teacher drought, a new report finds.

The first study of its kind to ask serving teachers why they chose the profession reveals the main driving factor for all teachers is the intrinsic value of teaching, ­followed by teaching ability, and a desire to shape the future of young lives.
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