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ALFIRK, Promoting parental empowerment in education processes

ALFIRK is a Strategic Partnership built upon the SIRIUS Agenda and Recommendations with regard to the inclusion of migrant parents in school and educational processes of their children.

For three years, SIRIUS’ members from 7 countries worked together to address key barriers in increased parental empowerment in education processes, particularly among migrant parents, by:

  • Analysing 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 that supports schools 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.

The strategic partnership has the ambition 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.

For more information, see:

ALFIRK Qualitative Study on Migrant Empowerment (2018)

ALFIRK Good Practices for Migrant Parent Involvement in Education (2018)