IPA participates in several projects on European and international level.
A non-exhaustive list:
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.org
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.