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Parents who encourage the daily use of new creative concepts and process skills enhance their child’s ability to learn the skills necessary for success.

“It takes a village to raise a child – we all know this saying. Parents, grandparents, family members, neighbours, local businesses, youth organisations, libraries, museums, sports clubs and of course schools are all part of this village. But parents have a special role, some may not be aware of. By law, according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is the parents (and not the school that many think) who bear the full responsibility for the upbringing and education of their children. It is thus not enough to decide which school to choose for your child, but you need to be there to shape, support and evaluate their work to ensure the best interest of your child.”
Eszter Salamon – President of the European Parents’ Association

The Open Schools for Open Societies project can help both parents and professionals to work more cooperatively. Together they can ensure that children develop the necessary skills and competences of the 21st century. Previously, organised parents have outlined their vision of a 21 st century education system. The Open Schools for Open Societies project offers excellent tools to realise this. It provides parents and schools with the needed guidelines and examples on how to work cooperatively in a pleasant way. To find out more about Open Schools for Open Societies and to become part of this project, contact the participating schools or the National Coordinator.

If your child’s school is not yet taking part, our national coordinators can help you to bring that school into contact with this project.

Please download our brochure:

The pedagogical perspective

The impact of School, Family and Community on Students Achievement




Parent Involvement 3.0 by Peter de Vries





Open Online Family Training Course





Charles Desforges:  The impact of parental involvement, parental support and family

Peter de Vries: Een onderzoek naar ouders in het primair onderwijs
Learning outside the classroom boosts educational attainment

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