Good to know: the crucial role of parents
The five conditions for good education also explicitly include the role of parents and indeed the entire community. UNICEF endorsed this approach as early as 2000. The involvement of parents and the community has a decisive influence on school attendance and the performance of pupils. This involvement can take the form of regular meetings between school and parents, and cooperation between parents and teachers. This approach is conducive to the development of children and the general attitude of the community towards their upbringing and education. It also often prevents early school leaving.
Great benefits for child and community
It goes even further, according to research by Hahn & Truman in 2015:
‘Such partnerships benefit not only children's education but also their families and communities in terms of increased job opportunities and prosperity, the promotion of public health and the prevention of diseases, national development, individual well-being, the enhancement of human rights and equality.’
Parents also have an influence on education
The EDU Q-card makes it easy for parents to get involved by inviting them to give their opinion about the quality of education their children are receiving. The dialogue that follows also gives them the opportunity to influence school policy, which in turn encourages them to support their children at home as well, stimulating solid, engaged, parenting.