The Parent Academy aims at institutionalising parent and community engagement and expects ethnic minority parents would build up their own capacity in supporting their children after joining the Academy.
Ethnic minority parents connected to the Parent Academy will receive necessary information and social support particularly helpful to ethnic minority families when making informed decision for children. Courses and programmes will be provided to support ethnic minority parents to help them support their children's in kindergarten schools.
Types of Courses at the Parent Academy
The objectives of the Parent Academy are reflected in three domains.
Our Parent Support Programmes are developed with a framework concerning 4Es: Exploration, Expectation, Education and Empowerment.
Identify and describe Funds of Knowledge (FoK) and integrate this exploration into the experiences of ethnic minority children in their normative learning environments such as home and school.
Expect that ethnic minority families will be intentionally and proactively engaged in their children's learning and school experiences by providing mechanisms for participation that are responsive to the contexts and benefits for these families ― i.e., that acknowledge and honour the FoK.
Share information about the educational system (e.g., milestones, key agencies, and administrators, interpreting school data) to help them advocate effectively for their children.
Provide ethnic minority families the tools they need to support and advocate for their children while managing the challenges of parenting and life obstacles.