Par­ents key to bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

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/.

Pic­ture: The Smith Fam­ily

The Smith Fam­ily “Count­ing Fairy” Daphne Tre­vurza, Tyler Cal­houn, Mahli Jor­dan and Ava Sweeney at a Na­tional Lit­er­acy and Nu­mer­acy Week event.

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