Parents International (IPA) participates in several projects on European and international level.
A non-exhaustive list:
The initiative wants to develop an innovative model for promoting of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education based on the key concept that education, and in this case entrepreneurship education, happens everywhere, particularly in those environments where education is first provided: in the family. This 30-month project, starting in November 2019 will develop and implement a training package for parENTrepreneurs as well as tools to support parents’ learning: a social learning platform, a handbook for parents interested in continuing to learn after the training and a guide on how to assess competences developed. This will be based on a desk research and is based on a learning by doing methodology.
PHERECLOS builds upon the theory of science capital and the experience that Children’s Universities (CUs) have made in the Third Mission of universities. With their engagement with children and young people, they became intermediaries between various actors in the educational and social landscape. As translators of the concerns, messages and knowledge of other parties (incl. business and industry, the state, civic society organizations etc.) they help to dismantle institutional boundaries of universities towards a wider society. The project will establish 6 “”Local Education Clusters”” (LECs), which bring together schools and further relevant actors in the education ecosystem of a particular pilot region, supported by a peer mentoring programme. The LECs will be incubators for enabling a dialogue between various parties and help to set up joint activities in (formal and non-formal) education, which help to develop collaborative learning environments as experimental testbeds for schools. At the same time they impact on the quality of science engagement opportunities in these areas.
Social projects targeting women are essential in breaking the circle of poverty. In 2018 a pilot project was carried out that targeted explicitly 11–14 years old Roma girls living in socially disadvantaged areas of Hungary to support them in achieving their academic and individual goals. This project is building on the pilot’s experiences and further develops a unique educational methodology that integrates experimental, environmental and art education. With this project, we have a double aim: on the one hand to facilitate an enjoyable learning process for the students, on the other hand to provide them with a safe and understanding environment by educating the adults they are most often in connection with, their own parents being the most important among these adults.
CHILD-UP researches the social conditions of migrant children’s integration through social participation, taking in primary account gender differences, legal status and age groups. , with the final aim to propose an innovative approach to understand and transform their social condition. The project provides: (1) guidelines for dialogic activities in schools; (2) written and online training packages for teachers and other professionals; (3) a package for self-evaluation of activities. These tools will support co-action of teachers and other professionals, and coordinated planning between schools and their partners. Third objective is informing policies at the local, national and European level through dissemination and exploitation of research outcomes and tools. This objective can be achieved through the collaboration of three consortium partners, international and local stakeholder committees, and the implementation of an online portal containing a web platform conceived as a moderated wiki space and a digital archive hosting research materials and tools.
The Pan-European family support network, under which family support and parenting policies are included, is combining both common goals across countries and the recognition of the specificities of cultural and family contexts. This Action builds collaborative pathways between researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, children and families, public and private agencies, and general society to create the necessary framework that allows to inform family policies and practices with the underlying goal of ensuring children’s rights and families’ well-being.
Families_Share – Socializing and sharing time for work/life balance through digital and social innovation – aims to offer a bottom-up solution and a co-designed platform supporting families with sharing time and tasks related to childcare, parenting, after-school and leisure-time activities and other household tasks – with a special focus on low-income families. The project also aspires to engage with the elderly by involving them in childcare activitites and by offering them support in shopping and adminitrative tasks, but also by involving them is socialisation family events.
The main aim of Parent’r’us is to support teachers increase parental engagement in children’s academic achievement and well-being at school by developing their competences through an innovative mentoring model based on a holistic approach. The project primarily focuses on parents from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Project website: https://www.parentrus.eu/
The European Education Policy Network on Teachers and School Leaders is a Europe-wide network of relevant organisations (policymakers, practitioners, researchers and stakeholders) to promote co-operation, policy development and implementation at different governance levels, and to support the European Commission’s policy work on teachers and school leaders. This network is building on existing activities developed at European level, especially initiatives and projects supported through European Union programmes in the field of education.
Project website: https://educationpolicynetwork.eu/
Open School Doors
“Open School Doors – Developing diverse school / parents communities through innovative partnerships” is a European funded research project coordinated by TU Dresden. It has been aiming at developing a training framework for professional educators to support them in organizing the integration/inclusion of migrant students at school by engaging their parents, having extra focus on using digital technology.
Project website: http://openschooldoors.westgate.gr
Parents International decided to build a coalition of education experts, businesses, partner organisations and others to define what we mean by basic skills and competences to help parents in carrying out their duties. The goal is to define what really everybody needs to have skills and competences for life, for well-being, for labour opportunities and responsible citizenship. Once we have defined what we agree can be meant by basic, the next step will be to see what are the responsibilities for providing education on them. What is the duty of parents here? How to empower them if they also lack certain skills and competences? What is the role of school? What kind of teacher training is necessary for that? What is the role of NGOs and business? How should this be regulated? As many adults (not only parents, but also eg. teachers) lack these skills and competences, we need to go beyond educating children, for sure.
The first skills/competences/knowledge set has been finalised together with our partners: