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The establishment of the National Association of Parents and Teachers of Serbia (NARNS) occurred on 24 March 2017 as a result of initiative “Through Partnership to Education”, initiated in 2015 by the Foundation for Open Society and UNICEF so as to improve cooperation between the school and family.
The key focus and mission of the Association is to develop partnership – culture of respect and cooperation between parents and teaching staff. Parents and teachers work together on the topics such as social inclusion, health and safety of children, transition of children from pre-school to school educational system, tolerance and fostering inter-culturalism, emotional literacy, which altogether influence the development of positive school climate and improvement of education.
The NARNS comprises a network of 12 city clubs of parents and teaching staff in Belgrade, Subotica, Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Sečanj, Kraljevo, Čačak, Leskovac, Niš, Novi Pazar, Kikinda and Šabac. The city clubs coordinate with local networks of clubs established in schools and pre-school institutions. In the so far work, more than 80 school clubs, counting more than 4,500 active members, considerable resources have been created and examples of good practice that have motivated parents and teaching staff to get involved and implement more than 70 programmes at the school, local and national levels.
A team of regional counsellors has been established within the NARNS, who provide support to parents and teachers in establishing new and strengthening the existing clubs and city networks throughout Serbia. Regional counsellors are individuals selected in a transparent procedure, through an internal contest, at the proposal of their city clubs. So far, they have passed a range of training courses in the area of educational policies, social inclusion, advocacy, strengthening and maintaining volunteering network, which makes them competent associates for a number of topics of importance for education.
Taking into account cooperation that NARNS has with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, it is of utmost importance that initiative of establishment and work of parents and teachers’ clubs is implemented in as many schools as possible. We remain open to provide various forms of support in this process
A world in which we cherish healthy, harmonious and open society with clearly defined roles of all participants in the educational system driving the change aimed at satisfying the needs of each and every individual, and society as a whole
Through association, we strengthen cooperation and partnership between parents and teachers, raising awareness about their roles and power to change and create more quality and available education, tailor-made education for children, so as to create a responsible society