Manifesto 2000

European Parents Association PRESIDENTS’ CONFERENCE Brussels – 19 & 20 February 2000 49 Presidents of 21 Countries representing the national parents associations, members of EPA, met at the European level to exchange and compare in order to promote education. Considering that: Education is one of the fundamental domains of European democracy; Parents and their associations…

Resolution on Vacations

European guidelines about Holiday schemes – European School Vacation Schedule in the Interest of Students submitted by APA as resolution – accepted as a EPA position paper (April 22, 2006 at the EPA GA in Zauchensee/Austria) The needs of our youth and children in national school systems must, as a political goal, be regarded more important…

Declaration of Zaragoza – 2008

Parents have the right to educate their children according to their principles and moral, philosophical, religious or pedagogical convictions and, therefore, to choose the children’s school and manner of education. No other body has the legitimacy to usurp this right or to impose a moral and ideological indoctrination. All persons are entitled to receive quality…

Appeal of Vienna

on Reform of Final Examinations in Secondary Education Representatives of parents’ organisations, teachers and students as well as of ministries and universities from German speaking European countries joined a conference in Vienna to develop concepts appropriate for the European Educational Area. We agree, that • Final examinations in secondary education (German: Matura, Abitur, Maturitätsprüfung) have…

Leave of Absence

Resolution for the overall recognition of a legal basis for the parents as representative Pointing out the obligation to the States to guarantee the respect of the educative activities and tasks of families and recognising that this obligation is leading to an approach of sharing education that requires to keep and to reinforce the partnership…

Balancing Work and Family Life

EPA Reconciliation Package One of the main EPA policy documents highlighting the issues European parents are facing is the Leave of Absence manifesto, dating back to 2009. In this document there are two areas covered in relation to reconciling work and family life, namely on the one hand demanding legal structures and resources guaranteeing that…

Manifesto 2015

of European Parents for a European Future of Our Children in the 21st Century Celebrating 30 years of being the sole representative of parents in Europe, the European Parents’ Association (EPA) has reviewed its policy and activities to formulate a list of necessary measures in order to provide our children with an upbringing ensuring that…

Parents Rights Charter

Rights and duties of parents in Europe Parents have the right to raise their children in a society without discrimination on the grounds of the color of their skin, sex, ethnic, social background, disability, nationality, beliefs, gender orientation or economic position. Parents have the duty to raise their children towards a sense of responsibility for…

The Best Interest of the Young Child

Position Paper on Early Childhood Education and Care Needs and Provisions from the Parents’ Perspective Setting the scene: A good start in life is crucial for well-being, but is also crucial not only for physical, but also for social, emotional and cognitive development in later ages. A good start is best provided by parents in the…