During the first Global Home Education Conference (www.ghec2012.org) in Berlin, leaders in the homeschooling movement from some two dozen countries signed a historic document dubbed the “Berlin Declaration” on November 3, demanding that governments around the world respect families and the fundamental human right to home education while slamming authorities in places like Germany and Sweden that ruthlessly persecute homeschoolers.
To start with, the declaration was signed by the entire GHEC board. However, as the document was unveiled in front of a packed conference room with close to 200 people from some two dozen countries, GHEC Chairman Himmelstrand said the goal was to continue gathering signatures and support from organizations and individuals around the world, using the document to keep the pressure on hostile governments.
Leendert van Oostrum, chairman of the Pestalozzi Trust in South Africa attended the conference and is also one of the board members of the GHEC. Click here to read more about the declaration.