An insufficiently explored approach to overcome the difficulties parents migrating to Europe experience in engaging in the host country's education of their children is the family learning pedagogical approach. The MiFamily project will pilot curricula and resources within school and community settings across five countries.
Family learning is any learning that includes more than one generation of a family including extended families and carers. The learning may be informal through events such as family fun days, or more formal family learning courses that are delivered in settings such as schools, children's centres and community hubs.
Family learning is firmly recognised as an effective way of providing adults with the skills and knowledge needed to support their children's education. It also provides a non-threatening route into learning for adults. The courses aim to help parents support their children's education. For parents from newly-arrived migrant backgrounds they can also be a channel to learn more about unfamiliar education systems.
The aim of this project is to strengthen the integration of students from migrant backgrounds in to the host country's school settings and to support children's success in education by providing training, coaching and guidance to their parents. Using family learning methods and resources to overcome language and cultural barriers and foster active involvement of migrant parents in their children's schooling.
Seven organisations from five countries: France, Ireland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom will work together with local partner agencies to equip teachers, school leaders and educators with the necessary skills and innovative tolls to support families from migrant backgrounds. In the process of doing so collaboration between schools, families and other stakeholders will be strengthened.
The project will use European frameworks and instruments such as EQF, Europass and SchoolEducation Gateway to boost transparency and recognition of learning outcomes on family learning for children and adults from migrant backgrounds.
Unit 1: Cultural sensitivity and interculturality
Unit 2: Language proficiency and integration
Unit 3: Values for teachers working with migrant families
Unit 4: Overview of family learning methodologies
Unit 5: Language acquisition through family learning
Unit 6: Self-evaluation and professional development
Unit 7: Evaluating the family learning approach
A. Digital Data Base
Compilation of innovative practices, projects, policies, methodologies, approaches, resources and tools in Family Learning
B. Theoretical and pedagogical bases and instructional guides
Theoretical fundamentals and pedagogical approaches on the School integration of migrant students through innovative Family Learning methods and resources, fostering an active involvement of migrant parents in their children's education
C. Innovative training contents and practical activities
Set of innovative training contents and practical activities on Family Learning for Migrants at Schools
D. Assessment methodologies and tools
For the evaluation of the previous training contents and practical activities
E. Blended-Learning course •Blended: online and face to face methods •Programme flow model: learning activities organized in a sequential order with deadlines to accomplish
Addressed to teachers, school leaders and educators working with Migrant school pupils and parents
“to strength the integration of migrant students in schools and their success in education by providing training, coaching and guidance to migrant parents on family learning methods and resources to overcome language barriers and foster active involvement of migrant parents in their children's education”