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How the recession moved us closer to gender balance

by Fiona McBennett - Business Irish
History was made this week, as Noirin O'Sullivan became the first woman ever appointed Garda Commissioner. This means the country's top two justice jobs are now occupied by women. Is the move towards gender balance in the workplace finally getting under way?

Queensland (Australia) College of Teachers propose investigation into decline in number of males choosing teaching

by Brittany Vonow - The Courier-Mail
The number of male teachers in Queensland schools has fallen to “alarming” levels, sparking a probe into the decline.

Poor pay rates and perception of teaching careers has been blamed for the slide, with registered male teachers making up barely 16 per cent of educators in state primary school this year.

The Queensland College of Teachers has proposed an investigation into the decline.

India: Male teachers in city schools feel stigmatised

by Akram Mohammed - Deccan Herald - India
One of the guidelines issued to schools by the Department of Public Instruction, following an increase in cases of sexual assaults, was mandatory police verification of all male staff in schools.

Steps include ascertaining the antecedents of the teacher, by conducting background checks with their neighbours. These measures initiated by the Police has put the staff in an embarrassing situation, allege teacher associations. The male teachers were being stigmatised, they contend.

Men In Child Care Conference in Poland

New Horizons in Preschool Education

October 24, 2014

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The Conference will be followed by a European Network Meeting on the 25th of October your attendance is welcome.

All Booking Requests to Kenny@meninchildcare.com

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Childcare should be 'actively promoted' as a career for men

by Meredith Jones Russell - Nursery World
The Government should do more to encourage boys and men to work in the childcare sector, according to a new briefing by the Fatherhood Institute.

The document calls on the Government to require careers advisers to actively promote childcare jobs to boys and men, while supporting girls and women in choosing careers that are not traditionally considered ‘female’.

The man who would be a nursery teacher in Vietnam

by Pham Viet Thang - Vietnam News
Most red-blooded males want to be spacemen, fire-fighters, bus drivers, fighter pilots, engineers, doctors... but not Le Dang Hanh, 26. He is never happier than when he is dancing, singing and playing games with his young charges. Hanh is a teacher at Quynh Phuong nursery school in Quynh Luu District in the central province of Nghe An.

Project in Scotland launches to increase number of young men in childcare sector

by Julia Corbett, News Editor - Day Nurseries United Kingdom
Childcare Management Company (CMC) has secured Youth in Partnership World (YIP) as its partner for a new project addressing the extremely low number of male workers in the childcare sector.

Pakistan schools get 89 teachers

PakistanThe elementary and secondary education department has appointed 89 male teachers to primary, middle, high and higher secondary schools in the district.

“The appointments have been made on merit and in line with the government’s policy,” DDEO Sharifullah Khan told Dawn on Wednesday.

President Carmona: We need male teachers in Trinidad

By Elizabeth Williams - Trinidad
President Anthony Carmona is again calling for more male teachers in classrooms throughout the country.

He pleaded for the authorities in the education system to address the matter yesterday. His words came during the ceremony for President's Medals for achievers in Education at President's House in Tobago.

Where Did All the Male Teachers Go? France Worries That Boy Students May Be Suffering

By Marie-Estelle Pech - Le Figaro
This post is in partnership with Worldcrunch, a new global-news site that translates stories of note in foreign languages into English. The article below was originally published in Le Figaro.

Men in early child care Radio Interview in Australia

by Craig d'Arcy - Austrailia
Look around at your local child care centre and see if there are many men. Most likely there will be none, perhaps if you're lucky one or two. Should there be more men looking after our young children? And if there should be more, why aren't there?

Craig d'Arcy


February 13, 2013

Appreciating men in early childhood - special session given in Malaysian convention

by Hajjah Mahanom Basri - President Selangor Childcare Associations - Malaysia
We are organising a special convention of early childhood educators in May 31, 2014 at the Selangor State Building Auditorium, Malaysia.

We will gather more than one thousand people in the industry including Childcare and kindergarten operators, college/ university students taking early childhood education, teachers and childcare providers, parents plus interested individuals.

New Zealand early education sector one of the most sexist

by Dr. Sarah Farquhar - www.childforum.com


New Zealand’s early childhood education system is one of the most sexist in the world with far too few men teaching in the sector and the Government has no immediate plans to correct the imbalance.

This does not surprise Dr Sarah Farquhar, whose Massey University research in 1997 first revealed problems for the early childhood education sector of men not being encouraged into teaching and supported to remain in teaching.

Deputy Prime Minister's wife hails 'cojones' of men who do childcare

by Patrick Wintour, political editor
Miriam González Durántez on Wednesday interrupted a speech by her husband Nick to speak out in favour of fathers who look after their children, saying they have "more cojones".

Her remarks came as the deputy prime minister made a speech in which he attacked "old-fashioned" bosses who "raise an eyebrow" when men ask for time off to look after their children.

A man's world in Australia?

by Nicole Chettle for the Midday Report
Climbing the corporate ladder can be tough, especially if you're a woman, but there are an increasing number of men finding it hard to break into traditionally female-dominated professions.

There's vigorous debate about whether there should be quotas to boost their numbers on boards and, as advocates continue to seek a fair go for females, what happens to men in jobs dominated by women?

Early years development: Why it is a job for the boys

by Jane Haywood
One of the first clear calls from the coalition government for the early years sector was to encourage greater gender equality in the workforce. But with the number of men in the sector staying static at just 2%, it doesn't seem the message is getting through.

The benefits to reversing this trend are clear. Some young children lack a positive male role model and a male early years worker could provide this.

Canadian teacher puts his best foot forward

By Bryan Passifiume - QMI Agency
While being a male elementary school teacher in today's world isn't exactly blazing any new trails, they're still a rare commodity in what is still a predominantly female-dominated occupation.

The Co-operative Childcare has launched a campaign to boost the number of male nursery workers in the UK.

by Sue Learner - DayNuresies.co.uk - News Editor
It is planning to lead the way in eradicating gender stereotypes about childcare practitioners by promising to increase its own male workforce to 10 per cent, which is well above the national average.

South Africa Research: Abuse perceptions alienating male teachers

by Bongani Nkosi - IOS News
Male teachers are being alienated from working in the country’s primary schools, largely by the societal stigma that portrays them as paedophiles, according to new research.

Men in Early Childhood Education at the World Forum 2014 in Puerto Rico

Join over 800 early childhood professionals from more than 80 nations in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for a life-changing experience!

8th Annual ECMenz Summit in New Zealand - March 7 - 9, 2014

Men and women are warmly invited to attend the Summit of the Early Childhood Men in NZ Assn (ECMenz). Friday will consist of political and research presentations and panels. Saturday will include fun learning workshops and roundtables on various gender, initial teacher education and workforce topics.

Men teaching in Ireland

The Irish News reported statistics earlier in the week illustrating how the decline in the number of male primary school teachers has continued in spite of initiatives aimed at increasing males into the profession (though the paper does not outline the nature of these employer-led efforts.)

In the current academic year, just 1,307 of the 8,473 primary school teachers were male, representing just 15% of the profession. Of these, some 60% of the males were aged 40 or older.

Top male teachers at Erdiston College in Barbados praise programmes

Principal of Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, Barbara Parris is always happy when male teachers participate in the programmes offered by the College.

She is even happier when they gain distinctions and top classes, which are year by year, female dominated.

Male teachers for kindergarten schools in Vietnam

By staff writers - Translated by Uyen Phuong
Ho Chi Minh City is seriously lacking in qualified nursery male schoolteachers, since there are few takers for kindergarten teaching, said the city Department of Education and Training.

Figures from the Department show that out of 10 preschool-trained graduates, two quit their jobs while eight male teachers give up the profession altogether. As a result, the city is in dire shortage of male preschool teachers.

Male educators sought in south New Zealand

by Lauren Hayes - Southland Times
Educators are urging more Southland men to train as early childhood education teachers, with only three working in the region.

The latest Annual Census of Early Childhood Education Services figures, released by the Ministry of Education and relating to June 2012, show only three of the 367 licensed early childhood teachers working in Southland were male.

Research: Why female teachers predominate in France

by Letizia Orlandi - West
In France, male teachers are disappearing, especially in kindergartens and primary schools, where they now make up less than 18%. The percentage of male teachers is slightly higher in junior and high schools. This has been a trend for at least 60 years and at national level, only 30.8% of staff in public education are male. Why do men allow women to dominate teaching? asks Dares, which publishes the data?

Black male headteachers in England's state schools number just 30

by Jessica Shepherd, education correspondent - Guardian
There are just 30 black male headteachers in England's 21,600 state schools, official figures obtained by the Guardian show, triggering accusations that the country's education system is "institutionally racist".

Teacher winner of a NZI Sustainable Business Network Award

Auckland kindergarten teacher Adam Buckingham has won one of New Zealand's top environmental awards.

The NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards, which have been running for 10 years, are the pre-eminent and longest-standing sustainability awards in New Zealand.

Adam Buckingham's "Turning Trash into Treasure for Young Children" won in the Community Impact Category.

Men in Early Childhood Education in Singapore

Over the last several years, there has been a growing number of male teachers working in early childhood development programs in Singapore. But being new in this profession, with few role models or mentors to guide them, they lack the psychological and social support needed to make them genuinely comfortable in this profession.

Estonian National Strategy Aims to Increase Share of Male Teachers to 25%

Estonia Public Broadcasting
One of the goals of the Ministry of Education's newly-drafted lifelong learning strategy for 2014-2020 is to increase the share of young teachers and male teachers, uudised.err.ee reported.

In 2012, 85.7 percent of teachers were women, in one example of the traditional gender gap that appears to be more strongly entrenched in Estonia compared with its neighbors in the region.
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