ALFIRK – Collaborative
Networks for Migrant Parent Empowerment
project seeks to address barriers in increased parental empowerment in
education processes, particularly among migrant parents, by establishing
migrant parent empowerment networks. These networks will work
to empower migrant parents at three levels: (1) the family level, which
reflects parents’ ability to manage issues of the family within the social
context, (2) the service system level, which reflects the degree to which
parents are able to effectively work with the school system, and (3) the
community/political level, which reflects parents’ advocacy for improved
services for migrant youth in general. These networks will overcome existing
barriers by giving migrant parents structured opportunities to advocate for
themselves in settings where multiple stakeholders are present. This
collaborative approach is reflected in the project name "ALFIRK", which means "the flock".
these networks will achieve increased migrant parent empowerment by involving
parents in the decision-making process, partnering with a wide variety of
stakeholders, and facilitating local and international exchange of practices.
coordinates the project ALFIRK. The partners are Multi Kulti Collective
(Bulgaria), Risbo (the Netherlands), Leeds Beckett University (United Kingdom),
Migration Policy Group (Belgium), Economic and Social Research Institute
(Ireland), and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain).
Funding: European Commission, DG Education and Culture,
Project Duration: September 2015 - September 2018
Researcher: Claudia Koehler