[MenTeach] E-News - June 2014

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MenTeach E-News
June 2014

1) Men and women gather in Puerto Rico for the World Forum 2014
2) Nigeria and Lesotho in Africa recruiting more men to teaching
3) Patrick Romero receives First Five Award
4) Harborne school bucks trend of male primary teacher shortage
5) President Carmona: We need male teachers in Trinidad
6) Pakistan schools get 89 teachers
7) Project in Scotland launches to increase number of young men in childcare sector
8) Kindergarten comic strip
9) MECE gatherings in Canada a great success
10) Paul Szetela - A pioneer in Early Education


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1) Men and women gather in Puerto Rico for the World Forum 2014
The World Forum 2014 in Puerto Rico was an incredible success!

There were over 830 delegates representing more than 81 countries. It's such a unique opportunity to meet so many interesting people, doing amazing things caring for young children. Many of us attended and made some great connections with new people and reacquainting with previous friends.

Some of the highlights included hearing about the fantastic work that is going on in many countries throughout Africa - including Nigeria and Lesotho. And we also met the young men who are the next wave for the future of men in early education. We'll provide more details about some of those initiatives. We also saw the release of WoFoNet that provides a place to continue communications. Currently it is free to sign-up.
Read the story and see the many photos: http://www.menteach.org/node/2457 

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2) Nigeria and Lesotho in Africa recruiting more men to teaching
During the 2014 World Forum in Puerto Rico we met some wonderful people who are working to increase the percentage of men teaching and working for gender equity.

Two programs, one in Nigeria and the other Lesotho have been having great success at enrolling men into university programs. And both countries are very different in populations and cultures. Read the about the astounding numbers of men enrolled: http://www.menteach.org/node/2462 

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3) Patrick Romero receives First Five Award
Patrick Romero of Oakland, CA has received the First Five Award for his work as a teacher at the Mission Neighborhood Center - in San Franciso There is a great four minute vidoeo on YouTube about it.

Behind every quality early education program, there are teachers who play a critical role in the lives of young children and their families. As early childhood educators, they are part of a network of professionals who are building a strong foundation for school and life success for all children. These teachers love learning and pass that love and excitement to the children they touch every day. Watch the video: http://www.menteach.org/node/2440 

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4) Harborne school bucks trend of male primary teacher shortage
One in four primary schools in England are without a male teacher, figures have revealed.

But one Birmingham school is bucking the trend, with a trio of male teachers working in the classroom.

There were just 26,208 men working as teachers in primary schools as of March 31 this year, compared with 185,023 women, statistics from the General Teaching Council (GTC) show.

And despite growing numbers of men applying to join the profession, 4,000 schools are without single male teacher at all.

St Peter’s C of E primary school in Harborne boasts three male teachers in David Burton, Daniel Martin and Peter Jarrett.

Head teacher Evelyn Murphy said she felt “incredibly lucky” to count David, Daniel and Peter among her members of staff. Read the article: http://www.menteach.org/node/2420 
 
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5) President Carmona: We need male teachers in 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.

It was revealed 72 per cent of teachers are female. This was also confirmed by Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh.

"In this regard I seek the indulgence of the Secretary, the Chief Secretary and Dr Gopeesingh, maybe collaborating and having a type of affirmative action to bring more men into the classroom," President Carmona said.

Six students, five of whom were girls, received medals from the President. Read the article: http://www.menteach.org/node/2422 

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6) Pakistan schools get 89 teachers
The 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.

Mr Sharifullah said first the candidates sat the National Testing Service test and then the department checked their credentials and interviewed them before making a list for appointments.

“Under the supervision of DEO Nazir Khan, the relevant authorities examined objections to the list, named selected candidates and issued appointment letters to them,” he said. Read the article: http://www.menteach.org/node/2424 

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

A recent survey of Scottish nurseries revealed 100 per cent of managers feel children benefit from strong male role models and has led Greenock based company CMC to start the project, All About Men, to encourage young men to consider childcare as a career.

The project will reach men aged between 16 and 19 in the East Ayrshire area leaving school and encourage them to take part in apprenticeship training and a 12 month SVQ Level 3 in Social Services (Children and Young People) to give them skills needed to enter the childcare sector.

Mariessa Devlin, managing director of Childcare Management Company says; “We are delighted to form this partnership with YIP and offer a real alternative career option to young men.” Read the article: http://www.menteach.org/node/2425 

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8) Kindergarten comic strip
Jump Start is a daily comic strip by cartoonist Robb Armstrong. Armstrong attended Syracuse University, where in 1982 he created a popular comic strip in the student newspaper The Daily Orange. That strip was called Hector and its main characters were two young men and a glasses-wearing dog. The Daily Orange now gives out awards for its comic strips every year known as "The Hector Awards." See his comic about male kindergarten teacher: http://www.menteach.org/node/2431 

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9) MECE gatherings in Canada a great success
We just had our last MECE meeting last night. It’s the one attached to our local ECE Conference. It was an ;absolute brilliant night of sharing stories and reminding each other of our most important work. We were thrilled to have our Provincial Minister of Children and Youth Opportunities join us (see attached photo – the guy in the suit jacket) to inspire us and share how important the work that we do is to the children of Manitoba. There was some kind of magic in the air, so we are all very excited to keep meeting as a group. You may recognize our WoFo colleagues, Toni & Robin Christie from New Zealand who are here presenting at our conference. It made it extra special to have them here and giving a short report about the MeNZ (their mece group) work in their country. See the photo and read the report: http://www.menteach.org/node/2433 

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10) Paul Szetela - A pioneer in Early Education
Head Start Teachers and child care workers mourn the death of Paul Szetela long time ABCD Education Supervisor and trainer for the Boston Head Start. He was a teacher as well as an adminstrator. He had attended early meetings of men and child care groups in the 1990s.

In the past few years he has been teaching Early Childhood education at Urban College, where he encouraged thousands of students to be quality teachers and caregivers. He was a pioneer and leader for men in early education in the Boston area. Read his obituary: http://www.menteach.org/node/2438 

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