What’s the issue?
Family structures across the world are changing. In western countries there is a significant increase in single parents, which can result in a higher risk of poverty, especially in the case of female-headed households. Dissolution of family critically affects the life of children and it is essential to offer them reassurance about love and intimacy.
The family structures in lower income countries are also in flux. Families are now often dispersed. Young and older adults, spouses, and other relatives who might have shared a home are more likely to live apart. These changing situations mean a complex web of factors are at play when it comes to how families support and nurture the education and prospects of their children. It’s vital to consider this wider context when working to ensure education programmes are effective and sustainable.
● Both common sense and academic literature suggest that children benefit when parents (both mother and father) and family members get involved in their learning and development.
● Families can be more important than schools in setting educational and occupational expectations.
We work with our partner projects to encourage parental support and engagement with children’s education in order to help them make progress. This helps students fulfil their educational goals in a sustainable, supported way and can increase their resilience in the face of a variety of challenges.
Where relevant, we also support relationships education to help young women make informed decisions about their choice of partner, aiming to help them avoid domestic violence and other kinds of family challenges