'A 60-page advice brochure for German kindergartens instructs teachers on how to identify and deal with children from 'far-right' families. Critics say it encourages spying and equates wearing braids and dresses with nationalism.
The manual, titled 'Inequality and Early Education,' was published by an anti-racist NGO, Amadeu Antonio Foundation. It was co-funded by the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs.
The guide is designed to help the kindergarten staff to detect and deal with children from far-right families in the wake of the "significant increase in the right-wing populist movements" in Germany, the Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Franziska Giffey wrote in the brochure's introduction.
The brochure suggests that the staff should be alerted of far-right views exhibited by the children and their parents. It offers advice on how to act in various scenarios. For example, what to do if a child draws swastikas in kindergarten and says it is "a good thing" at home.
Teachers are advised to be on the lookout for gender roles, too. It should be made clear "to what extent authoritarian and gender-stereotyped parenting styles limit the possibilities of children and complicate their development," the manual says.
The guide lays out 'clues' that can help to spot children who might belong to far-right families. One of such signs is described as: "The girl wears dresses and braids, she is directed to do house work at home, while the boy faces strong physical challenges and drills." Teachers are advised to hold face-to-face conversations with the parents in such cases.
The brochure's approach was blasted not only by the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), but by the politicians from the ruling coalition as well. The lawmaker from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christoph Bernstiel said that it is "unbelievable" that "a taxpayer-funded brochure identifies girls wearing braids and clothes as potentially 'nationalist'."'
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