Ministry of Education, Guyana

The Importance of Home & School Partnership

Home-school partnerships help teachers develop strong relationships with their students and motivate parents to cooperate with teachers to improve academic performance. Parents also can learn basic teaching concepts, learn with their children and get to know others in the community while contributing to schools by volunteering.

Academic Achievement
Parent involvement in schools leads to higher grades and test scores and better attendance and homework completion records. These students also are likely to graduate and pursue higher education because their parents have taken an interest in their education and serve as role models.

Teacher Interactions
Getting to know their students' parents helps teachers understand the environment and economic, political or cultural influences that shape students' points of view and behavior. This leads to improved communication between students and teachers, enhancing trust, mutual respect and the education process.

Parental Participation
Parents who get to know their students' teachers, about the curricula and the teachers' educational methods are more likely than those who don't to help children with homework and ensure it's completed. And, by holding enjoyable family activities, schools encourage parental attendance and interest in participating in other useful activities, such as fundraising and volunteering in the classroom. These activities also strengthen bonds between parents and children.

Benefits to Schools
Interacting and working with parents to improve students' education provides outside points of view on operations and policies that can improve them.

Working parents who participate in school activities and decision-making are more likely than those who don't to attract workplace or community sponsorship for school activities and other financial support. Many businesses and foundations seek to give back to the community; this could take the form of paying for a new playground or for school athletic uniforms, for example.


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