Learning Brief – Power, Access And Agency: Understanding Barriers To Parental Involvement

Parents are the first educators of their children. Their ability to know and love their children has unparalleled benefits. Research shows that encouragement and support from parents/caregivers, not necessarily assistance with specific homework, improves learner achievement even for children attending schools where education is not of the highest quality. Although parents have untapped power – and rights – to hold schools accountable for quality standards, many feel they have little say in their children’s education for several complex reasons.

This learning brief looks at how three NGOs – Parent Power, Axium Education and Common Good – are driving parent engagement strategies to empower parents and fundamentally alter the educational trajectory of children in South Africa.

To read this learning brief, download a PDF here or read it magazine-style on ISSUU here.


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