Schoolmates volunteers needed to help newcomers (refugees / status holders) cooperate with their children’s school.

June 19, 2018 – At two primary schools in the center of The Hague, refugee families will receive help from a school mate for parenting for Newcomers from June 2018 for a year. Schoolmates are volunteers who help the newcomers (refugees / status holders) cooperate with their children’s school.

The schoolmates come home to one of the families every week after school and work together with the parents on an equal basis, based on mutual respect and trust. Together with them they look at how the children can be helped to get the best out of themselves. Perhaps attention is needed for the child’s behavior, or help with homework.

When there is reason to contact school, they take the initiative together with the parents. And when the school invites the parents to talk, they go along. Because the volunteers regularly come home with the family, they act as a bridge between school and parents and play an important role in reducing the various barriers. In this way it becomes clear how parents and school can work together.

Additional volunteers are being sought for this project. With a deployment of a few hours a week, the volunteers make the difference for the children and their parents. And it gives them warm contacts and a lot of satisfaction.
The project is supervised by Parent Involvement PLUS, with a subsidy from Stichting Kinderpostzegels and De Haagse Scholen. On Wednesday evening, August 29, there will be an information evening for new volunteers. You can register with Elly Wardenaar

(elly.wardenaar@kpnmail.nl) or look on www.ouderbetrokkenheidplus.nl/nieuwkomers for more information.