By Rev. Can. Duncans Mugumya
We thank God for the gift of life, children, good health, etc. We thank President Museveni for his good guidance, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Among the measures he put in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus was the closing of all educational institutions. This brought many questions on what will happen to students while at home.
As parents, we have a role to play in our children’s education while at home. In this article, the term “parent” refers to not only biological parents, but also step parents, grandparents, guardians, and any other person that can take a responsibility of helping the child to achieve educational objectives.
Research identifies generally six types of parents’ participation in their children’s education. Some activities can be done by parents at home (home-based) and some at school (school-based). My interest now is on what parents can do while children are at home to help them achieve academically.
Parents’ should meet the basic needs (love, health, safety, etc,) of their children and establishing helpful home learning environments. Parents also need to provide their children with acceptable clothing, nutrition, and housing.
All these are motivational factors and affect children’s learning. Parents should also interact with teachers in order to support their children’s learning and sharing their educational aspirations and expectations with their children and teachers. Parents can communicate with the teachers through email, Whats App, messenger, or phone call and visit sites to create successful dialogue between the school and the home (parents).
I have seen some schools send notes to children through email messages, please parents find out what your child’s school has done. Help your child communicate with their teacher. Though positive correspondence with teachers, educators, and executives, parents can develop an effective instructional support for their children and they may become more actively engaged in learning while at home.
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