Samfok English

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SAMFOK is the alliance of parent´s associations of elementary schools in Reykjavík.

One of the best way to ensure that our children learn to their best ability and  to ensure childrens wellbeing in school is to establish strong bond between parents and their childrens teacher, the school and also between parents themselves.

As stated by Icelandic law,  parent´s associations must be founded in all elementary schools in Iceland. Every year on general meetings parents in the school vote a board of the Parent association and furthermore they vote 2 parents to be their represantive in the school council.

The school council consists of 9 member. The school principal leads the council, then there are two teacher representives, two parents representives, two pupils representives, one representives from the general staff and at last  one representative from the neighborhood or one more parent representative.

In the beginning of the school year, every autumn, parents in choose their class representatives.  Parents participate in and organize all kinds of meetings and projects that aim at good relationship and co-operation between parents, pupils and schools.

The school´s office should have the names of these parents, class representatives, board of the parent’s association and representatives in the school council.

SAMFOK´s general meeting is held every april or may. On these meetings parents of children in elementary schools in Reykjavik choose their representives to be on the board of SAMFOK. The board meets once a month during the school year and decides upon and takes care of various matters concerning pupils and parents in the elementary schools of Reykjavík.

Parents have a representative in the board of Education and Youth  in Reykjavík (Skóla- og frístundaráð Reykjavíkurborgar).  At the board of Education and Youth meetings the parent representive has the right to voice his opinion and make proposals, but hasn´t the right to vote on matters as  the political choosen members of the board.

This parents represantaive is the spokesman for parents and guards the rights of parents and pupils in the matters up for discussion and decision. The parent also brings before the board matters that parents have requested be taken up by the board of Education and Youth.

SAMFOK has an office where it´s possible to get information about almost everything that has to do with co-operation between parents and schools. Parents are very welcome there and are encouraged to use the services of SAMFOK.  The best way is to send us an e-mail to samfok@samfok.is or through our facebook SAMFOK