This Strategic Partnerships builds upon the SIRIUS Agenda and Recommendations and its call of including migrant parents in school and educational processes of their children.

Summary of the project

This Strategic Partnerships builds upon the SIRIUS Agenda and Recommendations and its call of including migrant parents in school and educational processes of their children. Migrant parents are often found to participate less in the education of their children while at the same time migrant students lag behind in educational achievements and parental involvement carries the potential to contribute to enhanced educational performance.

Aims/Objectives of the project

ALFIRK seeks to address barriers in increased parental empowerment in education processes. In the long term, the project aims to empower migrant parents at three levels: (1) the family level, which reflects parents’ ability to manage issues of the family within the social context, (2) the service system level, which reflects the degree to which parents are able to effectively work with the school system, and (3) the community/political level, which reflects parents’ advocacy for improved services for migrant youth in general.

Target groups

ALFIRK seeks to address barriers in increased parental empowerment in education processes. In the long term, the project aims to empower migrant parents at three levels: (1) the family level, which reflects parents’ ability to manage issues of the family within the social context, (2) the service system level, which reflects the degree to which parents are able to effectively work with the school system, and (3) the community/political level, which reflects parents’ advocacy for improved services for migrant youth in general.

Partners

Belgium
  • Migration Policy Group (MPG)
Bulgaria
  • Multi Kulti Collective
Ireland
  • Economic and Social Research Institute
the Netherlands
  • Risbo
Spain
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
United Kingdom
  • Leeds Beckett University

Co-Funder

European Commission, DG EAC

Deliverables / output of the project

The following deliverables will be produced:

  • Analyzing patterns of migrant parental involvement, parental networking, and barriers in parental involvement and empowerment at case study schools in six EU countries;
  • Composing a handbook on good practices and recommendations on migrant parental involvement and empowerment as a tool for school that enables them to improve their strategies on migrant parental involvement;
  • Developing an online portal as a source of information and a space for exchange among migrant parents;
  • Conducting workshops at the case study schools in six EU countries to develop strategies for enhanced involvement and empowerment of migrant parents and disseminate the project findings and outputs.

Coordinator of the project

European Forum for Migration Studies – efms