Asante Africa Supports Parents, Too!
During the month of September throughout rural Uganda, Asante Africa Foundation brought together over 550 parents and caregivers in what was called the family engagement model.
The gathering had the goal of empowering parents to confidently raise healthy and successful children. Among the areas the gathering focused on were ways parents can effectively support their children’s academic needs, and how they can help their kids achieve high academic success.
The importance of school and parental support for schoolgirls, especially, was stressed throughout the gathering. Data was shared with parents showing that girls strongly encouraged by their parents to attend school and supported once enrolled are better able to escape teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, childhood marriage, and early dropout.
Parents were also informed how to support and protect children during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during periods of lock down, when schools are shut. Asante Africa produced and distributed community awareness posters with messages how to keep children safe during the lockdown.
Engaging parents in their children’s health and education is a proven link to better student behavior, higher academic achievement, and enhanced social skills.