Online Teachers Course

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  • 1 week duration

Online Teachers Course

Why is it relevant?

The importance of women/mothers in getting a successful family-school collaboration

The case of Germany

In the framework of a Parents’ Engagement Approach used in the schools in order to be more inclusive to students with immigrant/refugee background and with the ultimate aim of improving the academic success of these students – who notoriously are generally inclined to drop out early or tend to perform worse than their peers – certainly a key role is played by women. In fact, it is them who in most cases spend time and take care of these students during school years.

At the same time, women – especially those coming from less developed countries – have fewer social opportunities than men due to their role within the house/family. Men can go out and deal with the culture of the host country if only for the work commitment they have.  In most cases the school for these women is the only chance they have to get out of the house.

It is therefore concluded that the school for these women is a challenge and at the same time their best opportunity to be integrated in the community and to act to ease the inclusion of their families.

Stated what’s above, in case a school wants to apply a Parents’ Engagement Approach, it cannot ignore the key role played by women and must necessarily take action to create and nurture a strong relationship with them.

The schools that undertake a strategy of involving families activate opportunities for learning the language of the hosting country and do it by paying attention to the needs of women: during school hours (mothers are more likely to attend courses when their children are in school) and in the premises of the school rather than in alternative ones, such as libraries.

In this way, the mothers/women learn to feel protected and at ease at school. Close to their children. The school, however, can also become the ideal and real place for other types of training opportunities for them (often through the wise involvement of resources made available by the third sector and professionals active within the community in which the school operates).

Easing opportunities for socializing and learning at school teaches women to stop feeling inadequate in dealing with teachers and other members of the school staff. It helps them to feel more aware and involved in the Educational Pact they share with the school to work in synergy in order to achieve the goal of youth education.

In this way women/mothers learn about the curriculum, the functioning of the school, the relations with the community, the culture of the host country. They learn to be more present with their children in the educational process and how to help them with their homework and to be close and supportive with them in the choices of their school’s career. At the same time including women helps the school – and the entire community -to narrow the gap that exists between the culture of the country of origin and that of the country of destination.

In the end it is easy to infer that working with women in the framework of a Parents’ Engagement strategy and recognizing their key role has an advantage also for them. It is an empowering process that can impact the quality of their life and of their relationships within the family and the community. In fact even their children learn to recognize the importance of their role and to see them as positive models.