Global Home Education Exchange’s mission is to advance, connect, and equip the global home education community.
GHEX is engaging in the important questions that surround home education and exploring how this innovative, rapidly growing form of education is not only a reasonable response to pervasive difficulties in traditional methods of schooling, but is a right that is foundational to our common experience in the 21st century. Home education highlights the most crucial factors in the freedom-of-education discussion. Who is responsible for education? What role do parents play in the education of their children? To what extent is the state responsible for children’s education?
Home education is currently illegal in Germany and essentially banned in Sweden. Parents in these countries frequently face hefty fines, court battles, jail time, and the removal of their children from the home—simply for their decision to teach them. In addition, a number of countries around the globe seek to severely limit parents’ rights to make decisions about their children’s education. These countries include Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Romania, and Spain. Even in countries where there is freedom to home educate, such as the United States, families must continue to fight to maintain the freedom to raise their children.
The ability to choose home education is a right. It’s a right well-documented in international law. It’s our right as parents to direct the education of our children. And it’s the right of each child to receive an individualized education experience that best suits their needs and goals.
This concept cuts across cultures, methods, and beliefs. It exists regardless of motivation or methodology in home education. We are working to connect and inform the global education community—from policy makers to home education organizations, leaders, and families—through the use of technology, newsletters, regional and global conferences, and moderated exchange of information.