[LISTEN] Changing perceptions around parental involvement and engagement

DG Murray Trust Programme lead for the teachers support network Andisiwe Hlungwane says South Africans need to reconceptualise how they view the involvement of parents in the children's lives.

She says when involvement is simply conceptualised as homework support, other parents are alienated.

How else can parents be actively involved and engaged in their children's upbringing and schooling?

I think we have had this issue of parents sort of being alienated from being able to be involved for a very long time. The culture of schools at times can be very intimidating to parents.

Andisiwe Hlungwane - DG Murray Trust Programme lead: Teacher Support Network

Parent engagement, the way we understand it, is very narrow.

Andisiwe Hlungwane - DG Murray Trust Programme lead: Teacher Support Network

We really tend to conceptualise this idea of parental involvement around just being able to do homework. A parent can support their child by maybe even giving the child a chance to read to them. I might not be able to read but if I ask my child to read to me, I am able to give that support to them.

Andisiwe Hlungwane - DG Murray Trust Programme lead: Teacher Support Network

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