On 10 October, as on the second Tuesday of every October, Europe celebrates the European Day of Parents and Schools (EDPS) since 2002. Initiated by the European Parents’ Association (EPA), this day is used to highlight the importance of parents and teachers working together for the benefit of children. Events are organised all over Europe by parents’ organisations, often supported by their respective national Ministries of Education. In the past few years European-level celebrations were joined by members of the European Parliament and education organisations such as ESHA or OBESSU.
Every year there is a topic EPA and its partners are focusing on, but national celebrations can highlight areas of cooperation relevant in their national or local contexts. This year the European messages focus on the need for all educators, including school professionals and parents alike, in career guidance from early ages on. This is a prelude to EPA’s international conference on career guidance and diverse tertiary education pathways to be held at the end of November in Tallinn, as an event of the European Vocational Skills Week.
Let me take this opportunitly to invite you all to share your own EDPS events news, videos, pictures on social media using the hashtag #ParentsAndSchools. Some of last year’s videos of teachers, school heads and MEPs are there on the EPA YouTube for inspiration.
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Invite us, share with us
As always, I am inviting you to share news or hot topics that you are dealing with in your own countries. Send us a short, one paragraph newsflash in English that we can publish on the EPA blog to share your projects, success, good practices or concerns with other members.
As you know we have allocated a somewhat larger budget for representation for 2017. Some of you have invited members of the Board to your national events and they seems to become more and more popular. One or two members of the Board are happy to join you if you invite us, sharing costs, EPA covering travel and you covering accommodation and subsistence. This may help you in national advocacy or showing your national members the importance of your EPA membership.
In both the Social Platform and the Lifelong Learning Platform (EPA being a member of both) we are working on supporting the national cooperation of social and education NGOs that share at least their being Europeans, belonging to a European family like EPA. Inviting a Board member or two may offer opportunities for this, too.