Mobilizing parents at home and at school: An experiment on primary education in Angola

Vincenzo Di Maro, Stefan Leeffers, Danila Serra, Pedro C. Vicente

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Abstract

How should parents be mobilized for education in Africa? We implemented a large-scale field experiment in Angolan primary schools, including three treatments: an information campaign at home, simple parents’ meetings at school, and a combination of both. Our measures of parental mobilization include beneficial practices at home, contacts with teachers, and participation in school institutions. We find that the information increased parents’ involvement at home but had no impact on engagement at school, while the meetings had the opposite effects. After mobilizing parents, only the combined treatment improved management practices and facilities in schools, teachers’ attitudes, and parents’ satisfaction.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomic Development and Cultural Change
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 21 Sept 2022

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