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Since its inception in 1992, the Association for Homeschooling has promoted the recognition of the right of parents to educate their children within the family in South Africa, as it is recognised in art. 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right which states: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.” Since 2010, the Association also promotes these parental rights in the larger Southern Africa region.


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Home education threatened in Northern Ireland

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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.

Parents can also send a letter to the British ambassador, Judith Macgregor, at the British High Commision in Pretoria and express your disappointment that Education and Library Board in Northern Ireland has released a policy that represents a serious assault on parental choice and effects a fundamental change to the relationship between parent, child and state. Explain what the freedom to educate your children at home means to your family, and that you are concerned that the British government attempts to limit the rights of parents to choose the education that is most suitable for their children. The address of the British High Commission is 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, 0083 and their email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Parents can also phone her at 012 421 7500.

The Association for Homeschooling has also sent a letter to the British ambassador. Click here to read the letter.

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.




  • Bouwe van der Eems Saturday, 28 June 2014

    Read a follow up article at http://goo.gl/na4S4B on this story.

  • Bouwe van der Eems Monday, 11 August 2014

    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

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Sedert sy oprigting in 1992 het die Vereniging vir Tuisonderwys hom beywer vir die erkenning van ouers se reg om hulle kinders binne familieverband op te voed in Suid-Afrika, soos dit erken word in art. 26 van die Universele Verklaring van Menseregte wat verklaar: “Ouers het die reg om te kies watter tipe opvoeding hulle kinders ontvang.” Sedert 2010 bevorder die vereniging hierdie ouerlike regte ook in die Suider-Afrikaanse streek.