PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN EDUCATION: STRENGTHENING PARTNERSHIPS FOR SOCIAL IMPROVEMENT

Authors

  • Chima Abimbola Eden Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Onyebuchi Nneamaka Chisom National Examinations Council (NECO) Nigeria,
  • Idowu Sulaimon Adeniyi Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijarss.v6i3.894

Abstract

Parent and community involvement in education has garnered significant attention as a pivotal factor in enhancing educational outcomes and fostering social improvement. This review explores the multifaceted dynamics of such partnerships and their potential to positively impact the educational landscape. Through collaborative efforts between parents, communities, and educational institutions, a holistic approach towards addressing the diverse needs of students and society at large is promoted. Effective parent involvement encompasses various dimensions, including parental engagement in their children's academic journey, participation in school activities, and advocacy for educational equity. When parents are actively involved in their children's education, students tend to exhibit higher academic performance, improved attendance, and enhanced social-emotional development. Moreover, parental involvement cultivates a supportive home environment conducive to learning, thereby reinforcing the educational efforts undertaken in schools. Community engagement in education extends beyond parental involvement to encompass broader societal participation in educational endeavors. Local communities play a crucial role in supplementing educational resources, providing mentorship opportunities, and facilitating experiential learning initiatives. Collaborative partnerships between schools and communities enrich the educational experience by bridging the gap between classroom learning and real-world application, thereby nurturing well-rounded individuals equipped with the skills necessary for societal contribution. Furthermore, fostering strong partnerships between schools, parents, and communities serves as a catalyst for social improvement. By promoting inclusivity, diversity, and mutual respect, these partnerships contribute to the creation of cohesive and resilient communities. Through collective action, stakeholders can address systemic challenges, advocate for educational reforms, and promote equitable access to quality education for all individuals, irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds. Parent and community involvement in education represents a cornerstone for social improvement, fostering collaborative efforts aimed at nurturing the next generation of global citizens equipped to navigate an ever-evolving world.

Keywords: Education, Parent, Community Involvement, Partnership, Social Improvement, Review.

Published

2024-03-17

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