Parent power! Community Organising for better access to higher education
Check out the new video on Parent Power, our fantastic parental engagement programme run in partnership with King's College London Widening Participation department.
(video credit: Small Axe)
Parent Power is a group of mums and dads from South London. They are learning about the education system and how to give their kids the best chance of going to university and have had training and information provided to them by King's College London and expert speakers.
They are also taking power into their own hands, organising their own campaigns and breaking down barriers to access elite universities.
Our involvement in the programme is about giving parents the power and tools that come with the Citizens UK method of community organising. The programme enables them to improve the chances of their own children accessing higher education as well as tackling wider educational inequality in their communities. So far they've won fully funded open days to universities and 90% bursaries in private summer schools. The parents are also running campaigns on other barriers to accessing university including the cost and quality of private tuition and the huge application fees for British Citizenship.
A fter securing the funded open day to Cambridge University especially for their group, the parents parents were featured on Sky News, the BBC and in The Times newspaper, .
For more information contact James.Asfa@citizensuk.org