Ms. Sonali Sinha, Principal, The Universal School, Mumbai
Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students, and enthusiastic parents
Today’s generation needs to develop holistically to face the ever-changing challenges in the education system, emerging careers, and life. To combat these hurdles to their path to success, schools today need to build a partnership with parents and develop mutual responsibility for success of the children in the educational system. Parental involvement in school is a key factor for children’s academic outcomes, emotional and social development.
Parental involvement in a student’s education begins at home when the child is born, and starts learning from every interaction with his/her parents. As the child grows and traverses the path of education, parents are the ones who provide a safe and healthy environment, appropriate learning experiences, and foster a supportive and a positive attitude about school. Parental involvement can make a positive difference at all age levels. It shows the best results with young children and tends to taper off as children get older. However, studies have shown that the involvement of parents of middle and high school students is equally important.
A school constantly strives to enrich the current school programs, but it is impossible to succeed if parents do not appreciate variations in the educational process. Schools can encourage involvement in several areas, including parenting, learning at home, communication, volunteering, decision-making, and community collaboration. To build trust, practical approaches to parent involvement rely upon a strength-based approach, emphasizing positive interactions.
Mutual respect, long-term commitment to a wide range of activities, and sharing of planning and decision-making responsibilities are the essential components for a successful education system.