to the General Assembly and International Conference

Supporting parents

to become the best primary educators

April 24th and 25th, 2015 in Prague/Czech Republic 

Hosted by

EDUin and Fórum rodičů

Dear ladies and gentlemen, partners in European education, friends and members,

It is a pleasure to formally invite you to the forthcoming GA and conference of EPA in Prague, the Czech Republic.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the most widely ratified human rights document in the world, states that parents have the sole responsibility, basic rights and duties in giving directions and guidance to their children (Article 5). It is a big job and in most cases you are required to be ready for this job just by giving birth to or fathering a child. Of course this is an exaggeration but most parents do not get enough help and support to become real good parents although Article 18 of UNCRC obliges the states to give all support necessary to parents.

Supporting and training parents, more precisely two aspects, the substance of such training and the methods to involve as many parents as possible is a reoccurring topic. It is still not common practice that the communication between home and school, professional and parent is based on mutual needs. Timing is also often very crucial as parents work schedules tend to overlap with the schedule of events schools expect parents to be present at. There is a cultural aspect, too. Most parents replicate the role model of their own parents when communicating with the school or kindergarten – and they do not expect real involvement or to be treated as equal educators.

In the case of parents with low socio-economic status or parents of children with special needs there are more aspects to be taken into consideration. There are good practices on involving them as early on as possible to build trust and cooperation that EPA is trying to spread.

Parental involvement at school, if managed carefully by professionals, can help the parents and children alike. For many parents it has similar educational value to the education of their children to get to know people who are very different from them, to learn cooperation and thus build tolerance. EPA shares the view of many other experts and NGO’s that schools have to change to become community learning spaces, open 365 days, 6-22, that welcome all members of the community to be and learn together. In a rapidly changing world openness to learning and new things is crucial to achieve well-being for children and adults alike. Parenting is a period when you have to learn a large number of new skills to raise your children well. There is an added value of it, especially for parents from disadvantaged backgrounds, namely that these skills can become marketable, they raise employability, too. Learning together can also lead to a tolerant, open society.

EPA decided to take this topic as the focus of its first conference in the year of the 30th anniversary, a topic that has been important since EPA was funded and will remain so in the next decades.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Prague and hope to proceed on our personal way in Lifelong Learning.


                                                                                                               Eszter Salamon                                                                                                                 EPA President

Preliminary Programme

The conference is held in English. Simultaneous translation to Czech is to be confirmed.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

9:30                     School visit

12:30                   Lunch, registration and market place

14:00                   Opening session

14:30-15:30         Plenary session I – Good practices from the Czech Republic

                            by Nikola Kristek

                            Shared responsibilities of family and child-care institutions: Can they all succeed without shared learning process?

                            by Rut Kolinska:

                            Training offered by motherhood centres in the Czech Republic

                            by Lenka Fecmanova

                            Parents for Inclusion

                            by Magdalena Marešová  

                            Broadening Horizons of Understanding: Family-school Partnerships in Learning in                               Czech Schools

  1. Coffee break
  2. Plenary session II – International good practices

                            by Aija Tuna from the Education Development Centre, Latvia

                            From Schools to Multifunctional Community Centres

                            by Miguel Angel Esomba Gelabert from the Autonomous University of Barcelona

                            Making the Xarxa Clau project European

                            followed by a round table with Montse Daviu (FAPAC), Elizbieta Piotrowska-Gromniak (PiE) and Herminio José Corréa (CONFAP)


19:00                   Conference dinner at Hlavkúv Dvúr restaurant with a traditional Czech menu


Saturday, April 25th, 2015

9:00-9:30             Plenary session III – International good practices

                            by Casper Rongsted and Rasmus Schiellerup

                            The World’s Best Nordic Schools – How home-school partnerships make children, parents and teachers happy in Denmark

9:45-11:15           Workshop sessions – round 1

11:15                   Coffee break

11:30-13:00         Workshop sessions – round 2

                            The workshop sessions will follow up the topics of the keynotes and will be organised so that everybody can participate at two different workshops, meaning that in round 2 the workshops of round 1 will be repeated. 1-2 workshops in Czech foreseen

13:00                   Lunch break – with thematic discussion tables (topics to be announced on the spot)

14:00-16:00         EPA General Assembly

                            Proposed agenda:

                            1. Opening and confirmation of quorum

                            2. Approval of the agenda

                            3. Acceptance of new members

                            4. Approval of minutes (GA in Bucharest 29th November 2014)

                            5. Financial report 2014

                            6. Activity report 2014

                            7. Report on the financial situation mid-year for acknowledgement

                            8. Activity report 2015 for acknowledgement

                            9. Miscellaneous

                            10. Announcement of the next GA

16:30                   free optional walking tour of Prague, dinner individually


Sunday, April 26th, 2015

8:00-16:00           optional tour to Plzen, European Capital of Culture (tour stopping at airport on the way back – 35 Euros



The conference and accommodation will be organised at Parkhotel Prague.

Single rooms cost EUR 55 per night, double rooms EUR 65 per night including breakfast.

Participation fee, including dinner on Friday, coffee breaks and lunches, is EUR 120 per person for a maximum of 3 representatives of full members, 2 representatives of associate members and 1 representative of affiliate members. Participation fee for non-members and additional participants of members is EUR 140. Partners not participating at the conference but joining for meals are to pay half fee.

You can register at this link by midnight on 15th March.

In all organisational questions please contact Brigitte Haider

                            e-mail: Tel. no:       +43-664 562 4043

About Us

The European Parents Association is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.   You can contact us by email or send us a letter to the address below.   European Parents Association (EPA) c/o EUCIS-LLL Rue de l`Industrie 10, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


Tel: +43 664 562 4043



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EPA gathers the parents associations in Europe which together represent more than 150 million parents. EPA works in partnership both to represent and give to parents a powerful voice in the development of education policies and decisions at European level. In the field of education, EPA aims to promote the active participation of parents and the recognition of their central place as the primary responsible of the education of their children.