Parents Council

The Parents and Guardians Council is the organization that represents the families in school. Its mission is to open roads for the families to be more directly involved in the education of their children.

See the Current Directive of the Parents Council in the EAP

The parents and guardians who wish to participate in a Parents Council may do so according to their means, through the following bodies: The General Assembly, the Board, the Sub-Centres and the Council of class Delegates.

  • The General Assembly: All parents and guardians of the students of the establishment (or their representatives) may be part of the General Assembly. By integrating this body they may elect the Board, approve the Regulation of the Parents Council and learn about the annual report surrendered by the Board.
  • The Directive board: Directive boards are elected by all the fathers, mothers and guardians who are over 18 years old (Decree 732/97) and who already have at least one year of membership in the Parents Council. Board members will be responsible for representing the interests and needs of the families at the management of each establishment and at other bodies with which they relate.
  • The Sub-Councils: Each class has a Sub-Council in which may participate the parents and guardians who wish to do so. Each Sub-Council democratically elects its directive and class delegates, within 30 days of starting the school year.
  • The Council of class Delegates: Consists of at least one delegate from each class. It is up to draft the Rules of Procedure, set quotas and budget, organize and coordinate the activities of the council’s internal bodies and working committees.

The creation of the school councils, in which the parents and guardians are represented, is an opportunity for these to become informed, to propose and comment on matters relevant to the education of their children.

Important

  • Being part of any parent organization is a voluntary option.
  • The Board must be elected annually by the General Assembly by universal, secret and informed suffrage, within 90 days of starting the school year.
  • The amount of the fees of the Parents Council must be approved by the Council of class Delegates .
  • The Board must submit annually a public account, ie., a report accountable for its work in that period.
  • The Juridical Personality is the legal recognition of the existence of the Parents Council.Obtain it allows them to purchase, sell and manage financial resources, and access financing funds through projects. It also makes more transparent and democratic the functioning of the Parents Council.
  • The Parents Councils can associate with each other at different levels: by municipalities, provinces, regions and even at national level (Parents Councils Associations).

For more information see:

Participation of the Parents Councils in education

Guidebook to family support

Fathers, mothers and guardians policy in the educational system

Communal Union Parents Councils: A Collective Construction Space