A new law “On Education” in Ukraine allows a free choice of education formats, including homeschooling. But only several schools in the country are providing attestation for homeschooled students because of lack of the regulatory framework.
The goal of the project is to make homeschooling accessible in all schools by drawing the attention of the society to the problem, building a community of stakeholders and developing normative documents in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Ukraine, online and offline. But the idea can spread to other European countries.
Ukrainian experience of making education more democratic could be used in countries, where homeschooling is not ensured at the legislative level (Spain, Germany, Turkey). The project demonstrates, how a society could create demand, hold a dialogue with a state and encourage the state for changes.
Schools will get a tool for providing services for homeschooled students. Families, who tend to experiment with education formats and be responsible for children’s education, will be able to choose any school for attestation. The number of children with critical thinking will be increasing.
Work at the national level: sociological surveys, developing normative documents in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Science.
Communication work: mass media and social media coverage.
Regional work: hosting events in Ukrainian regions in cooperation with local activists to report on the issue, improve knowledge of homeschooling aspects and build local communities.
The project engages parents, school teachers and administrators, officials of different levels.
The team held three annual camps for parents and children, teachers of traditional and alternative schools, where participants shared experience in education. We moved from the stage of spontaneous projects to consistent changes in Ukrainian education, and this project is a part of these changes.
Parents, who are practicing homeschooling or viewing it as an alternative for traditional school. They’ve got a good education and critical thinking and are open to experiments and changes.
School teachers and administrators, who need tools for implementing homeschooling format.
Feedback and contacts of experts from countries both with successful experience of homeschooling or those, where it is not an official education format, would be helpful. We wish to create a community for sharing of experience and are willing to help scale the project to other countries.