Vincenzo Di Maro
The World Bank
Nova School of Business and Economics and NOVAFRICA
Texas A&M University
Pedro C. Vicente
Nova School of Business and Economics, BREAD and NOVAFRICA
Working Paper No 2002
In this paper we test ways to mobilize parents for education. We implemented a field experiment in 126 Angolan primary schools, including three treatments: an information campaign at home, simple parents’ meetings at school, and the 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, the combined treatment improved management practices and facilities in schools, teachers’ attitudes, and parents’ satisfaction.