Home education threatened in Northern Ireland
The education board in Northern Ireland has recently released a draft policy which will require mandatory registration, approval to home educate, approval of curriculum, home inspections and interviews with children. This is obviously very alarming for the hundreds of families here who home educate their children. These parents are represented by the home education association in Northern Ireland which is called HEDNI (Home Educators in Northern Ireland.) You can find more information about them at www.hedni.org This association has created a petition to protect the freedom of parents in Northern Ireland.
South African parents are encouraged to help the homeschooling families in Northern Ireland and sign a petition where the Education and Library Board in Northern Ireland is requested to review the policy on home education so that it accurately reflects their legal duties and powers; and respects the parent's duty to provide an education. Click here to sign the petition.
The Association for Homeschooling has also sent a letter to the British ambassador.
It is important that homeschooling parents in South Africa support this, not only to help parents and children in Northern Ireland, but also because the international recognition of homeschooling will also safeguard homeschooling in South Africa. We also know from experience that letter writing campaigns do make a difference. Read on the website of the Homeschooling Legal Defence Association, how a letter writing campaign by homeschoolers in the USA has contributed towards the recognition of homeschooling in South Africa. Now that homeschooling is recognised here, South African parents should do the same for homeschoolers in other countries.
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Read a follow up article at http://goo.gl/na4S4B on this story.
Just over the border from Northern Ireland, a homeschooling mother in Ireland in an ongoing battle with her government over paperwork requirements has been sent to prison for 10 days. http://goo.gl/FODLbV