5 Facts – Parents Month

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November is Parents Month, which has been observed annually since 2000. This Fact Friday, we share some information about the history of Parents Month and it’s objectives, along with useful parenting resources.

  1. Parents Month evolved from the annual celebration of Parents Week in March, which begun in 1991. The theme selected was ‘You can make a difference to your child’s education.’ With the successful staging of Parents Week by the Ministry of Education and its partners, the decision was taken in 2000 to extend the week’s celebration to a month and November was selected.
  2. Parenting organisations that work with the MOE include Coalition For Better Parenting (CBP), Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) and the National Health Fund (NHF). Click here for more information.
  3. The independent National Parent Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) was founded in 2006, to ‘enable the transformation of education through effective partnership with key stakeholders; and the growth and development of vibrant and proactive PTAs island wide.’
  4. For parents of children with special needs, the MOE has a dedicated Special Education Unit to assist you. Find more information in our Special Education Parent’s Guide.
  5. The objectives of Parents Month are:
    • To celebrate and recognize the achievements of our parents and guardians
    • To create opportunities for parents to further develop their parenting skills
    • Support the strengthening of the home-school relationship
    • To encourage our men to be more involved in the role of parenting
    • To remind our youth that parenting is a serious responsibility that should be undertaken only by prepared and mature adults
    • To encourage parents to join the PTA so that they too can have a voice in the transformation of the education system and the running of schools
    • To develop an awareness in parents that they are their child’s first teacher so they should be good examples and mentors to ALL children
    • To encourage communities and ALL adults to protect our children, support parents in their role and be partners in the raising of children
    • To promote family life and health education in schools, as preparation of tomorrow’s parents begins with the education of children
    • Create networks among parents for their own support and that of their children and the schools the children
    • Inform parents of the material and human resources that are available to help them to become effective parents
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