The International Day of Families is observed every year on 15 May, ‘providing an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them.’ The family is the most fundamental unit of society - in any and all of its many forms - and is key to building strong, stable societies. The theme for this year’s Family Day is ‘Families and Inclusive Societies’, exploring the role of families in advancing Sustainable Development Goal 16: promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies.
With this in mind, the Chair of Umubano Primary School’s PTA, Marion Mbabazi, has written her thoughts on some of the ways families are involved in life at the school.
Marion Mbabazi, Chair of the PTA, at UPS with Head Teacher, Jean de Dieu Dusingize.
The International Day of Families provides an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them.
Here at Umubano Primary School (UPS) families have been privileged to have the support of A Partner in Education (APIE). APIE have helped a number of families, most especially those vulnerable families who neighbour the school. They have provided the families with scholarships that have enabled their children to access quality education at UPS. APIE also provides all of the necessary school equipment for children on these scholarships.
As parents we have also been provided with training at the school. We have developed our parenting skills and it has helped the school community greatly. My favourite training so far has been on ‘the role of parents in preventing children from engaging in unhealthy behaviours’. We discussed the importance of spending time with our children, developing confidence in our children to be open with us and supporting children when they come to us with a problem and helping them to solve it. This training was carried out by UPS staff, supported by APIE.
The teachers at UPS have also been provided with ongoing training to develop their knowledge and skills and this has helped both the parents and children. APIE has also provided the school with a well-stocked library, smart classrooms, an ICT programme and peace education which have all helped our children to study and prove what they can do.
A big thanks to APIE and UPS!