MiR is a network of and for parents, children and youth regardless of ethnic and social backgrounds. With a multicultural point of view, MiR provides information, counseling and support in matters related to day care, school, family life and community life. MiR also acts as a spokesperson for individual groups in meetings with the authorities and the society.
MiR’s vision is to build bridges between parents, children, youth and society, aiming to improve life skills, mutual understanding and equal participation for all. The organization is politically and religiously independent.
Work to establish the first MiR groups began in 2002. At that time, MiR was a part of a project financed by the Ministry of Education and Research and led by the National Parents’ Committee for Primary and Secondary Education (FUG). The establishment of MiR groups was part of the strategy to reach out directly to parents instead of only focusing on the connection between the schools and municipalities. This project was planned to end in 2006, but many parents active in the MiR groups had a strong desire to continue with the project, meeting a number of times to plan the continuation of the network. MiR was then established as an independent organization.
MiR’s vision determines the types of projects the organizations and local branches that are operating at any given time. Today, MiR is involved with several projects, but their main focus is empowering parents, youth and children to actively engage with schools, kindergartens and society as a whole. Among MiR’s many projects, Homework Help is an initiative that has had the most success. An updated list of ongoing projects can be found on MiR’s website.