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Representing Parents in Europe: the First 30 Years – Invitation

The European Parents’ Association is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. Our November conference, taking place in the EU Presidency country, Luxembourg is aiming at taking stock of the state of play and highlighting some of the areas to be developed in the field of parental involvement.

In our event we will revisit the past 30 years, present the results of two recent Europe-wide surveys on parental involvement with special focus on the achievements of the past 15 years, adopt a Manifesto about the direction of parents representation for the years to come and give the floor to our members to share their experiences and try to find answers to our questions. Our keynote speakers are going to call the attention to the importance of good cooperation between parents and school heads, multilingualism as a solution to a number of crises in our education systems and playfulness in the school and the family as a means of supporting learning.

Registration is now open.

Deadlines:

–          early bird registration, including booking accommodation until midnight 15 September

–          registration with self-organised accommodation until 31 October

The jubilee conference is hosted by FAPEL Luxembourg and supported by the Luxembourgish Presidency of the European Union, the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth of Luxembourg.

Preliminary Programme

The conference is held in English.

Friday, November 27th, 2015

10:00-12:00         Visit to the European Court of Justice

12:30                   Lunch, registration, market place and school visit

15:00                   Official opening by Claude Meisch, Minister of Education, Children and Youth

Revisiting the first 30 years of EPA – interventions by former EPA leaders and important partners

17:00                   Coffee break

17:30                   Presentation of the EPA survey results

                            Adoption of Manifesto 2015

20:00                   informal conference dinner

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

9:30-10:30           Keynote session

Multilingualism in education and the family – invited speaker from the University of Luxembourg

The importance and means of cooperation between parents and school heads – Chris Harrison, Secretary General of the European School Heads Association

Playfulness and learning – speaker to be confirmed

10:30                   Coffee break

11:00-12:30         Workshop sessions – round 1

                            following up on the keynote sessions

12:30                   Lunch

13:30-15:00         Workshop sessions – round 2

                            EPA members’ good practices and problem areas along the Manifesto 2015

                            1. Active citizenship and participation

2. Supporting parenting

3. Reconciliation of work and family life

4. Digital literacy

15:30                   Coffee break

16:00-18:00         EPA General Assembly – only for EPA members

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Due to the busy programme of the Luxembourgish Presidency and the high number of hotel rooms used for it, EPA can only assist you with booking your accommodation if you register by 15 September.

Early bird registration until 15 September:

EUR 125 per person for a maximum of 3 representatives of full members, 2 representatives of associate members and 1 representative of affiliate members

EUR 140 per person for non-members and additional participants of member, including partners

Early bird registration includes accommodation for the night of Friday, 27thNovember.

If you register until the early bird deadline, you can also book extra nights for EUR 100 single and EUR 115 double.

Normal registration with self-organised accommodation until 31 October:

EUR 50 per person for a maximum of 3 representatives of full members, 2 representatives of associate members and 1 representative of affiliate members

EUR 75 per person for non-members and additional participants of member, including partners

You can register at this link

In all organisational questions please contact Brigitte Haider

e-mail:       GA@euparents.eu Tel. no:       +43-664 562 4043