First African Home Education Indaba held in SA

Homeschooling leaders from across the globe.

Home education is a right of parents and children that must be protected by every state. This is according to Mike Donnelly, SC, Director of Global Outreach at the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

Donnelly was speaking at the historic first African Home Education Indaba, held in Pretoria. Delegates from a number of nations gathered to confirm their solidarity as a global home-schooling movement.

“Nations that respect and protect the right of parents and children to home educate demonstrate a commitment to respecting human rights, but governments which restrict home education don’t trust their citizens,” he added.

Although the right to home education is protected in many international treaties and documents, parents internationally and in many African countries like Kenya and Uganda are in a continual battle with government infringement on parental and family rights, said Godfrey Kyazze, home-schooling leader from Uganda.

Peter Stock, President of the HSLDA in Canada reported that even countries like Canada experience the same threat to home education. In South Africa the freedom of home-schooling parents will be seriously restricted if the BELA Bill, published for comment in October 2017, is passed as law.

Speaking on freedom in education, Alexey Komov, Russian home-schooling leader, testified to the freedom home schoolers presently enjoy in the former Soviet country, where families are actively taking the responsibility for raising their children themselves, instead of abdicating this right to the state.

Policy-makers and government officials who attended the Indaba received solid researched information on all aspects of home-schooling. International researchers who attended the Indaba were Dr. Debra Bell, author and researcher from the USA, and Dr. Brian Ray, from the National Home Education Research Institute in the USA. Research confirms that the amount and intensity of regulation of home-schooling does not contribute to the success of home schoolers.

“Home-schooling is good for children. It’s good for families. It’s good for communities. It’s good for countries. It’s good for the whole world,” said Donnelly.