As a parent we trust our children to have a safe, engaging and cheerful day at school when we rush through traffic to drop them off before heading to that meeting downtown. We feel secure that our children are taken good care of, that they stretch their learning and enjoying every part of it. During the day you can fully commit to your work. But what do we really need to stay connected to our children’s learning and school experience to ensure their safety and environment to learn? Our teachers. What do teachers need to develop children to their full potential? Parents and caretakers. What is it that they build their relationship upon? Not technology to keep updates. Not visionary end goals and stunning results. We need eachother, we need to work together. And what are the basics of working together? Really understand eachother by really working together on a (part of a) program. From the getgo.
For this idea we want to codesign a module (for a day) based on the parents talent, the childs development and the teachers needs. We need the expertise and experience of the teacher in what works, we need the experience and passion of the parent to develop a learning experience for a day. By codesigning we build trust and engagement and a support system for - as we now experience in the Netherlands a scarsity on teacher staff as a result of the flu epidemic. In the end we will have parents empowered with programs for a day (in being teacher for one day), we have schools with a plan and a network to ensure every child the right to school even when half of staff is sick (or in need for a training) and most of all we ensured that raising a child is no longer the duty of a school but the community and by doing so, we really build relationships and trust.