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A major challenge for the increasingly multicultural Europe, amidst the ongoing refugee crisis, is the smooth social integration of ethnic and cultural minorities (ECM), including their children. Migrant integration takes place at multiple levels and one of the most sensitive fields is that of school education. There are many interventions focusing on teacher competence, the concept of intercultural education and diversity management in the classroom. However, another important factor affecting the integration process is parental engagement and attitude. Both parents from the host societies and ECM parents have direct influence on the attitude, behaviour and performance of their children and consequently the integration process as a whole. Positive parental engagement is of paramount importance for the social inclusion of ECM children.

The overall objective of the Parents4all project is to raise awareness, empower and develop the intercultural competences among parents of the host society and parents belonging to ethnic or cultural minorities (ECM) in order to enable them to contribute effectively to the social inclusion of ECM school-age children.

Improved competences and increased awareness on behalf of parents are expected to have a positive effect on the interaction of pupils of different origins, cooperation with schools and social integration in general.

In other words, this project seeks to promote social inclusion through the development of intercultural competences, empowermen and engagement of a specific target group affecting integration, namely parents.

Aims of the project

Parents for All is an EU-funded project (KA2 Strategic Partnership for Innovation in Adult Education, 2017-2019) aiming to support parents to deal with diversity in multicultural Europe.

Through its activities the project will:

  • Empower parents of the host societies and of migrant origin in dealing with ethnic and cultural diversity at schools
  • Create tailor-made training material for parents, helping them to develop intercultural skills and actively support school activities for social inclusion
  • Raise awareness through audio-visual material
  • Promote the notion that parental engagement for social inclusion is a collaborative, reciprocal and mutually rewarding process.





Olympic Training and Consulting Ltd (Coordinator)

Soros International House

Programma Integra società cooperativa sociale

Universidad De Huelva

BEMIS Scotland




First Transnational partner meeting in Athens

The first transnational partner meeting took place from 24 to 25 October 2017 in Egaleo, a municipality in the western part of the Athens agglomeration. During the meeting all work steps, the responsibilities of the project partners, the integration of the target group, the public relations work for the P4a-Project as well as the internal administration and management were discussed. Topics like internal processes for quality assurance, the dissemination activities, evaluation of meetings, work processes and communication between the partners were also on the agenda.

The second partner meeting will take place at the beginning of May in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Second meeting of partners in Vilnius

The Lithuanian project partners hosted the second partner meeting in Vilnius on May 3rd and 4th, 2018. Participants discussed the results of the project's needs analysis and developed a matrix for training and learning materials for parents. Each partner country met with parental focus groups to reflect on needs and feasible options to support and extend parents' envolvment at schools. During the next months, project partners will develop specific training materials for host society parents and parents with a migration or ethnic and cultural minority background. 

Third transnational meeting of partners in Stuttgart

The third transnational partner meeting took place in Stuttgart on November 8th and 9th, 2018. Partners discussed the learning and training materials for host society parents and migrant parents. For both groups, P4A partner have been developing learning materials in English language. These materials underwent a review process, some elements were refined and are now ready for layout and graphic work. All materials for host society parents will be translated into all partner languages. In spring 2019, materials will be piloted in all countries. 

The meeting also covered administrative and technical aspects of the project and discussed a film and video, both to be produced in 2019. These audio-visual materials will also be part of the project outcome. The next meeting of P4A partners is foreseen to take place in June in Rome. 

Fourth transnational meeting of partners in Rome

On June 6 and 7 the partners of Parents4all met in the premises of Programma Integra in Rome. The main points of discussion were the improvement of training materials according to the feedback received from parents during piloting sessions and the production of a video and short film. Partners discussed extensively how the needs of parents can be better met and how the project products can be more attractive.

Output / Results


Training methodology for promoting an intercultural mindset among parents

A training methodology that describes learning theories, methods, and techniques to be used during the training process, the desired learning outcomes and an outline of the training content. This methodology will be founded upon the interventions of this project, such as:

  • A brief report of the findings of the needs analysis conducted prior to the proposal submissions
  • Focus groups with parents will be conducted in all partner countries in order to discuss and identify the preferred methods and tools for the trainings designed, deeper aspects of the integration issues faced at local level as well as any other important facets as perceived by the target groups
  • Questionnaires that will be also used in a complementary way in order to make sure that the target groups are actively engaged throughout the design phase. The final output will be a training methodology

The innovative aspect of this methodology is that adult learners (i.e. parents) will be directly and repeatedly involved in the design of the training methodology. Furthermore, it will be the first structured methodology of the kind addressing parents from host societies for the promotion of ECM pupil social inclusion.


Training material for the development of intercultural skills by parents

Training material will be created for ECM and non-ECM parents, in order to foster their intercultural skills, promote awareness of the complex and delicate issues involved in ECM pupil integration and empower them to successfully support the integration process.
The training material will be available in its entirety on the project website, in the form of pdf and/or flipbook, and it will be suitable for both trainer-facilitated face-to-face sessions and self-study.
It is worthy to note that the training material will not just cover issues of intercultural skills and anti-racism, but it will tackle educational, social and psychological parameters involved in ECM integration, parent cooperation and diversity management. In addition, training material for both parent groups will include subjects considered important by the target groups themselves, as a direct result of their involvement in the design process.


Self-assessment toolkit for intercultural competences

Self-assessment tools (exercises, tests, self-evaluation questionnaires) will be developed, building on already existing material, that can be used either in connection with the training material (pre and after) or independently (e.g. in events, self-study etc.) in order to assess the intercultural competences of parents, the needs for further intervention, and/or the overall impact of the training material. The assessment tools will be connected to a great degree to the desired learning outcomes.

The toolkit for parents from host societies will be available in all partner languages, whereas the one for ECM parents will only be in English. It will be provided in two forms, online interactive and downloadable, in order to enable its use in different learning settings (self-study and face-to face).


Awareness raising audio-visual material

Audio-visual material, tailor made to the parents’ needs, will be produced in order to raise awareness. This material will include:

  • A 10’-15’ video presenting comments and interviews of parents of both groups (ECM and non ECM), sharing their positive viewpoints on diversity and education, expressing personal concerns and answering to common parental concerns they have effectively dealt with.
  • A 15’ short film presenting a flipped situation or any scenario that helps parents walk in the shoes of the Other, in this case the ECM parent, the ECM pupil and the parent from the host society.


Exploitation Guide

The Exploitation Guide will present preconditions and recommendations for the sustainable exploitation of project products after project completion. These recommendations will refer to all partner countries, encouraging stakeholders and potential multipliers to take advantage of the special product features.

Contact in Germany

ifa Akademie gGmbH

Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 711 2225 265

Contact persons are Martin Kilgus and Jelena Nitsch.