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Primary level teaching sees rise in male applicants

By Tristan Stewart-Robertson -
More men are applying to be primary school teachers but male role models in early education remain stubbornly low, according to new figures.

At Dundee University, applications from men for courses are up by almost a quarter compared to 2008-09 while they are up by 12.3 per cent at the University of Aberdeen.

Daddy Daycare Planned in New Zealand

by Dr. Sarah Farquar - New Zealand - Child Care Forum
We could be seeing dads working as educators and more kids benefiting from contact with men if Dean Severinsen has his way.

Less than 2% of staff employed at childcare and kindergarten centres are men, and men are even scarcer in licensed home-based ECE.  

Many children in NZ spend little or no time in the company of a responsible male adult.  Few Dads get the opportunity to spend meaningful periods of time with their own children.

Singapore: More men entering early education

By Ng Jing Yng - Today - ChannelNewsAsia
In the woman-dominated industry of pre-school educators, Mr Patrick Magno - who teaches at Kinderland - is a rarity.

But the situation is gradually changing, according to pre-school operators.

NTUC First Campus, which operates more than 90 childcare centres in Singapore, now has seven male pre-school teachers. Three years ago, it had none.

Men In ECE in Canada

Ron Blatz, Director Discovery Center
As a follow up to the great meeting we had in June with our friends from Ontario I submit this summary of the work they are doing and encourage you to follow the links that lead to great material.

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Guyana campaign announced to reverse male teacher shortage

The Ministry of Education yesterday announced that it is embarking on a "robust" marketing and recruitment drive to reverse the decline of male teachers.

United Kingdom drive shows success bringing men into childcare

by Jonathan Portlock - Surrey Comet
A campaign to attract more men into childcare in Surrey has seen unprecedented interest, it has been revealed.

Since the campaign was launched by Surrey County Council (SCC) in April, almost 100 men have made inquiries to the local authority about getting involved.

Thirty-seven men recently took part in an information session given by staff at the Early Years and Childcare Service, the first time any men have attended such an even in Surrey.

A website set up to give men information on working in childcare has also attracted more than 3,000 visitors.

Aboriginal Men in Early Childhood Education about 25 percent

by Heather Robbins - Interlake Spectator
Gaining a new perspective on early childhood education was the goal of three Peguis men who visited a small British Columbia community in early February.

Daniel Cook, of the Peguis daycare, Richard Daniels and Wayne Bear, of the Peguis Aboriginal Head Start program, were guests in Klemtu on Swindle Island, approximately 219 kilometres north of Port Hardy.

It will soon rain men at kindergartens in China

If you think only women are interested in teaching kindergarten kids, it's time to think the opposite.

More than 10,000 men in East China's Jiangsu province have reportedly applied for a five-year training program to teach in preschools. But the program, conducted by three normal colleges in Nanjing, can only enroll 300.

Male Teachers in Malta

by James Debono - MaltaNews
Male teachers are already a rarity in Maltese primary schools, statistics issued by the Ministry of Education show. Fifteen of Malta's primary schools are entirely staffed by female teachers, with statistics showing that 650 of 790 primary school teachers are female.

Grand Bahamas male teachers take part in one-day seminar

by Genea Noel - Freeport News Reporter
In the wake of the many sexual allegation cases that rocked the nation involving teachers and students, male teachers from various schools on the island participated in a one-day seminar hosted

by the Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT) yesterday to share their concerns about the profession.

World Forum – Men in Early Childhood Education Global Gathering

Join us for a world of ideas on caring for the children of the world!

The World Forum Leadership team for Men in Early Childhood Education is delighted to announce the gathering of men and women from all over the world to attend the 2011 World Forum on Early Care and Education: Honolulu, Hawaii May 3 - 6, watch for reports from around the globe about ideas on men caring for the children of the world.

State Government wants more male teachers in classrooms as role models

by John Masanauskas - Herald Sun
The State Government wants more male teachers in classrooms amid concern many boys are lacking role models.

Only one in five state primary school teachers is male, but new figures show the tide may be turning. Education Minister Bronwyn Pike said  that men were responding to special programs to recruit teachers.

"Male teachers are crucial role models for school-aged children and I urge all men to consider teaching as a career path," she said.

South Korea: A quota of men in teaching

The educational bureau of the city of Seoul push for a quota system to guarantee a certain number of male teachers in primary and secondary schools in an attempt to prevent women dominate the profession, it was learned official sources, Wednesday, March 26, 2008.

New Zealand Summit a Success!

We enjoyed a great EC-MENz Summit in Peel Forest, Canterbury, New Zealand, deep in the wild country, this time. We had an emphasis on the different approaches that men can bring to the education of highly active children, encouraging managed risk-taking among children, and exploring the natural environment from a child's view.

Teacher list discriminates against men

By George Psyllides - Cyprus, Greece
The Supreme Court has ruled that the procedure of appointing state teachers is unconstitutional as male candidates are treated unfairly.

The decision came after an appeal by a physical education teacher who claimed male candidates were at a disadvantage under the current first-come first-served system since they had to do two years of army service.

This gives women, who do not have to do the army, a two-year head start, the teacher said.

Men in childcare groove in Australia

Aspley Early Learning Centre director Susie Bell has been overseeing some innovative staffing since arriving in October.

The centre has two male staff members, Brian Bugden and Tristan Bell-Blissner, who are proving a big hit with the children.

Ms Bell said having male staff was unusual for the childcare sector but she said it had become a selling point at Aspley, which caters for more than 100 families.

Men teaching in Asian countries

by Ang Yiying - Singapore
Mr. Abu Bakar Osman, 28, stood out at a recent scholarship ceremony for childcare educators. In the first batch of 100, he was the only man among a bevy of women.

Industry statistics tell an even more compelling picture of a sector that continues to be dominated by women.

Out of more than 5,600 childcare teachers, only 26 are men, or less than 0.5 per cent of the total number.

5th Annual Summit of EC-MENZ in New Zealand

The organisation for men who work in Early Childhood Education
We have had four Summits in Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Auckland. This year we are going to be slightly different and have it at Peel Forest in South Canterbury.

Men in Early Childhood Education in Austria

elementar - Spring 2010
Spring 2010: Recent News
In Austria, public debate about Early Childhood Education and Care continues. Plans to offer at least the last year of pre-school education free of charge, as well as steps to raise vocational education from secondary to tertiary level, are in broad discussion now.

Websites about male teachers in Germany and Europe

[MenTeach: There are several interesting websites available in Europe that are in English reports Dr. Tim Rohrmann who works in the Coordination office men in ECE out of Berlin, Germany. Check out several of the sites - you'll find some exciting new work!]

Male primary teacher numbers in Wales

By Colette Hume - BBC Wales education correspondent
The number of male primary teachers in Wales currently stands at 2,140, compared to 11,807 women.

Children's Commissioner for Wales Keith Towler said the trend was worrying.

According to figures from the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW), women make up 84.7% of registered primary school teachers.

Mr Towler said children need positive male role models, especially during their early years.

Men's work in the United Kingdom

[MenTeach: See what other community organizations are doing to recruit more men to teaching].

Vietnamese male kindergarten teacher one of a kind

Hoan was one of two male students among thousands of females but his determination showed men can be kindergarten teachers too.

Lai Cong Hoan, 29, begins his work day by singing Chau Di Mau Giao (I go to kindergarten) with students in his Vu Ninh Commune kindergarten classroom in northern Thai Binh Province.

Good for the goose, why not the gander? Irish men caring for young children

by Roisin Ingle - Irish Times - Northern Ireland
As a self-employed joiner, Co Down man Patrick Coulter used to spend his working life organising sub contractors and chasing clients for unpaid bills. Now he earns a wage from, among other duties, icing fairy cakes, putting plasters on knees and telling stories.

Kindergarten teacher receives Award in Canada

by Fred Sherwin - Orleans Online - Ottawa, Canada
Infant kindergarten teacher Greg McGlynn stands among a group of students after receiving the Magic 100 Golden Apple Award on Thursday.

There was a time, not that long ago, when the ultimately sign of respect a student could show his teacher was to place a shinny red apple on the teacher's desk.

Looking for male role models in Australia

by Kate Lemmon - Queensland Times - Australia
Primary school children risk facing a lack of adult male role models, as fewer than 20 per cent of primary school teachers are male.

While the number of female primary school teachers continue to grow, it appears male educators are a rare breed.

Mark Osborne, from Immaculate Heart Primary, is one of only two male teachers at the Leichhardt school.

Male teacher crisis falls off the agenda

by Bruce McDougall - The Daily Telegraph - Australia
Children face going through school without ever having a male teacher because of falling numbers of men in primary schools.

Male teacher numbers in Government primary schools have dropped below 20 per cent for the first time in a decade as classrooms become female-dominated.

Where have South Australia's male teachers gone?

by Lauren Novak - The Advertiser
Fewer than one in five students studying teaching in the state's universities and TAFEs are male as the exodus of men from schools worsens.

South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre figures for 2009 show there are 152 males (or 19 per cent) and 650 females enrolled in teaching courses.

Lack of male primary teachers sparks concerns in United Kingdom

Fewer than one in eight Sheffield primary school teachers is a man - sparking new fears boys are not interacting with the male role models they need during their most formative years.

Only 215 men are currently teaching in city primaries, compared with 1,588 women - and the picture has barely changed over the last decade.

Vietnam: Lack of male teachers reinforces stereotypes

by Ha Nguyen - Vietnam News
Chu Hoang Tung's parents were very surprised to see a man teaching their son's class when Tung entered the fifth grade at Le Ngoc Han Primary School.

Tung's mother Nguyen Thi Thoa says she had never seen a male primary school teacher when her older daughter, now a university student, was in school.
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