Our children, our roles

Fred Wesley | Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa believes parental involvement is one of the most overlooked aspects of education today.
Fred Wesley
Fred Wesley

Marking International Day of Families at St Theresa College in Bemana, Nadroga on Monday, she said families should take care of each other to make communities stronger.

Many parents, she insists, don't realise how important it is to get involved in their children's learning.

All parents and family members, she says, should try to find the time and make the effort because research shows that when families get involved, their children get better grades and test scores; graduate from high school at higher rates; are more likely to go on to higher education; and are better behaved and have more positive attitudes.

Family involvement, she believes, is one of the best investments a family can make.

It goes without saying that education has the potential to help families get out of poverty.

In the face of that line of thought will be the reverse side.

Is parental involvement over-rated?

Surely there would be surveys that point positively to parental guidance playing a key role in education. Would it stand to reason than that there may even be studies showing a more structured and limited involvement of parents is better.

Or should that be rephrased, and instead we talk about ways for parents to be involved in the education of their children?

If we are to suggest that there is no harm in parents being involved, then perhaps, we could throw in the line that there should be suggestions on how this should actually happen.

Perhaps schools should be focused on finding creative ways to involve parents in the education of their children.

We believe the key here is finding ways to effectively develop an environment for children that is conducive to improving their education.

There is the aspect of how parents can effectively inculcate in their children, the value and importance of education and why they must prioritise it.

Surely most parents have the vital ingredients needed for this very important assignment! Time and patience!

Surely we can find the time to remind our children to do their homework, ask them whether they understand their assignments, and just taking more interest in how they are doing in school.

Surely as parents and guardians, we can all strongly influence how our children grow up and appreciate things around them.

Surely we all want our children to be the best they can be. We all want them to get the best possible start in life and grow up to be independent and prepared for the future as adults.

We each have a role to play though.

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