The Wellington group of EC-MENz met in November 2015. It was a good turnout including ChildForum (with Warwick attending) and with some soon to be graduates readying themselves to seek work opportunities.
The first national get together of male educators, a summit to discuss issues and establish a group, was organised by ChildForum in 2007 who has championed the cause and also published extensive articles and research. ChildForum is delighted with the work that EC-MENz is doing.
Planning is now underway for the 10th annual EC-MENz Summit in Tauranga at the Bethlehem Tertiary Institute. Craig D’Arcy from the National Males in Early Childhood Network Australia has been locked in to give a presentation on the Australian and global contexts of men in ECE as well as initiatives to attract more men to the ECE teaching profession.
Perhaps a key benefit of the annual summit is the opportunity for men to share experiences and discuss strategies to overcome different challenges facing males and the ECE teaching profession along with the sector as a whole.
The Wellington regional meeting included discussion around the better outcomes for children in ECE services by having male (alongside female) teachers and role models. For many parents searching for an ECE service it is that their child can experience the presence of a positive male role model that becomes a key deciding factor.
Three ideas on what ChildForum members could do to support EC-MENz:
- Send staff (men and women) to the EC-MENz summit 8th & - 10 April 2016 at the Bethlehem Tertiary Institute in Bethlehem, on the outskirts of Tauranga.
- Consider your service’s EEO policies and statements ensuring minority staff (males) are supported in their workplace and include set goals and achievement reporting.
- Consider and implement ways to identify and breakdown stigmas and stereotypes.
Links to a TVNZ documentary, policy papers, research papers, and survey reports (NZ and international) literature click here
Men in Invitation Grant call for sponsors and general information on scholarships and awards for men click here