Parents key to better education
Children’s charity The Smith Family is highlighting the need for more initiatives in the Pilbara to help parents engage in their children’s education during this year’s National Literacy and Numeracy Week.
This week is the 17th National Literacy and Numeracy Week, a celebration of the importance of literacy and numeracy with schools, teachers, students and parents across Australia.
The Smith Family WA general manager Lorna Woodley encouraged parents and carers to participate in the event across the region.
“Students with parents who are engaged in their learning and development, no matter what their income or background, are more likely to do well at school and take up higher education,” she said.
Ms Woodley said parental engagement across a child’s life was fundamental to a child’s educational success.
“This is even more important for children in financially disadvantaged families whose educational attainment can be the enabler for them to break out of disadvantage,” she said.
“However, there are thousands of Australian parents who are unsure how to engage with their children in literacy and numeracy activities.
“This can be the case for parents who have had negative experiences at school or have low levels of literacy and numeracy. ”
Ms Woodley said The Smith Family worked closely with parents and carers and offered a range of programs to promote parental engagement.
She said the organisation also offered resources such as school community hubs, tech packs and financial literacy programs to assist disadvantaged families in the Pilbara.
For more information, visit www.literacyandnumeracy. gov.au/.
The Smith Family “Counting Fairy” Daphne Trevurza, Tyler Calhoun, Mahli Jordan and Ava Sweeney at a National Literacy and Numeracy Week event.