Parents' associations have a primary function: to defend the interests of each parent, but also to express, at the level of the class, the school or the state, the collective interest of all the parents.
What is the role of parents' associations?
- Participate. The representatives attend the school council, which is held three times a year. They can intervene in certain decisions: vote of the rules of procedure, arrangement of the school time. They are informed about the choice of textbooks and teaching materials, organize parent-teacher relationships, offer ideas for extracurricular activities, etc.
- Support and represent. Each parent can rely on his association of parents if he encounters a problem with his child (pedagogical or psychological) or if he has problems with other schoolchildren (disrespect, violence ...). Be aware, however, that the right of parents to participate in school life remains, in fact, highly dependent on the good will of the principal and teachers.
- Defend the interest of all. Associations must consider the common good of all children, the issues of the school, the service it provides to all and the values it promotes.
Which association of parents of students to choose?
- Many of these associations are grouped together, by ideological affinities more or less marked, within federations. The two most important are the Federation of Parents' Councils of Public Schools (CIPF), which defends the public and secular school, and the Federation of Parents of Pupils of Public Education (PEEP), which commits above all to respect the rights of the child.