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New charity to champion parents' role in education

People will be invited to put their name to the Parentkind pledge

A GROUP that aims to support and champion the ways parents can participate in education and have their voices heard, is to be launched today.

The charity Parentkind wants more adults involved and engaged "in more ways at home and at school".

It will support PTA and other member associations as well as helping schools be parent-friendly through guidance and training.

It also plans to champion parents' role in education and school life to education sector interests and policy makers.

Alliance assembly member Chris Lyttle will today host a celebration event in the Long Gallery at Stormont attended by groups including the Education Authority, Department of Education and school Parent Teacher Associations.

People will be invited to put their name to the Parentkind pledge stating that: "I consider the active participation of parents an essential ingredient in the success of our children's education.

"I commit to supporting education policy that brings homes and schools together for the good of all children and society where more parents are engaged in their children's education in more ways."

As well as offering assistance on the ground, the charity will provide resources to support parent participation in education at school and at home "so that every child can thrive and reach their potential".

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