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A new approach to parenting

Plan International Nicaragua is committed to its work at a national, municipal, community and school level to ensure that all boys and girls are able to access education.

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We have partnered with Nicaragua’s Ministries of Family and Education to strengthen national education policies established for preschool, primary and secondary education on matters such as improved access, retention and promotion of girls, boys and adolescents in the country’s most socially disadvantaged communities, thus strengthening the social fabric in communities in the short, medium and long term.

Family Schools are an alternative that contribute to raising awareness among parents, which in turn has an impact on school retention rates. Parents access awareness training about the importance of education for children, the practice of assertive and affective communication, a reduction in violence, an increase in self-esteem and knowledge of rights, and other subjects which are discussed using entertaining techniques such as dance, skits and songs.

The Family Schools are run by the Ministry of Education (MINED), are an initiative promoted in coordination with Plan International Nicaragua, as part of the Right to Education Programme Unit and the project Boys and Girls have the Right to an Inclusive Education.

The training sessions are intended to strengthen capacities among the main actors, duty bearers and co-responsible parties for the implementation of teaching strategies and modalities with an inclusive approach.

Sofia is a mother participating in Family Schools.

“I wasn’t raising our children right. The boy got everything and I put the girls beneath him. He could play, he could do whatever he wanted, but not the girl: she came home from school directly to wash dishes, we didn’t allow her anything. Once I understood all that, I said, it can’t be I’m raising the boy with more rights and that the girls are beneath him.”     

One of the first changes that Sofia made was to stop imposing domestic chores on her daughter, letting her play on a football team and letting her monitor the situation regarding the rights of boys and girls. She and her six-year-old little sister now choose their clothes, use earrings and play.