Parents take the lead in education

PHIRI CAWE

Ten Lower Crossroads parents were praised for their sterling contribution to the education of their children, during an event held at KwaFaku Primary School on Wednesday May 25, to honour parents who attended an eight-week Home-School Partnership programme.

The programme, run by Wordworks, provided parents with skills to help their children with their school work, and all the participants were given certficates.

At the event, Wordworks’ Brigid Comrie urged parents to educate their children and to be involved in their education.

She said decisions and choices about education were critical and hailed the parents for taking up the responsibility for their children’s future.

“These parents have taken up the challenge. They have been attending the course for eight weeks,” she said. “We teach them not only the curriculum, but a whole range of things that they can use to help their children to be better individuals.”

Ms Comrie said the parents were positive role models for their children.

She said she was happy that her organisation had been able to provide help and resources to parents and the school and that she hoped to lure more parents to the project. “We see this as the beginning. These parents will lead. They will inspire others and that will help us to have more parents coming through,” she said, adding the project had grown significantly since its launch 10 years ago.

KwaFaku principal Maureen Fig- lan called for more parents to get involved in their children’s education.

She thanked Wordworks for instilling positive attitudes in the parents. She also praised the parents for taking up the challenge to help their children.

“The little that parents are doing to help in education, we should say bravo. We always cry that they are not doing anything but now they have shown other side. This is magnificent and a great achievement for all of us,” she said.

Phuthunywa Gxavu, who worked with parents on the project, said the programme would not only help the individuals but the entire community in tackling illiteracy and other social issues. She saidshe hoped parents’ involvement would create interest amongother families too. “Sincedisa abazali ngendlela ezinzi zokunceda abantwana – We help parents to help children in many more ways than one,” she said.

The proud teacher appealed to other parents to join the programme as well, emphasising that it did not only teach but also empowered individuals.

“The feed back from them tells me that the programme is great. What I liked about this group of parents is that it was mostly young parents. I am excited that they have come forward. I also encourage them to establish reading clubs. These clubs will help them unite and have ways to tackle social ills,” she said.

Ms Gxavu said she is looking forward to the nextclass.

Parent Khanyisa Yebe, who told Vukani she has already recruited five parents for the next programme, said had previously neglected her child’s education – until she took part in the workshop.

“I always cry about time. I did not know that as parents we have to give little time to our children. I am happy that my conscience helped me joined the course. You must see how we relate with my child now, something that was lacking before,” she said.

blob Wordworks is a non governmental organisation that supports early language and literacy learning among children from historically disadvantaged communities. It seeks to ensure that all children can learn to read and write successfully.