Action taken in support of homeschooling around the world
What action can we take?
If you like to discuss possible action to support homeschooling, join the
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Challenge local legislation
WHEN, the World Home Education
Network can assist homeschoolers with making submissions where
reform of legislation affecting homeschooling is under study. The submission of
WHEN to the
Review of Homeschooling in Queensland, Australia, can act as
an example of WHEN's approach.
Collect background information
It's important to collect evidence, supporting precedents and other
background information that can be helpful in a legal challenge.
More than a decade ago, WHEN (then called THEN) submitted
a petition to
the United Nations. The UN didn't take action because it deemed that the legal system
in Australia had not been exhausted, as reported in
by the U.N. in Home Education News of 25
March 1994. Not long after that, the UN Human Rights Commission
did accept an unrelated case from Australia, after the public prosecution didn't
follow up a reported breach of legislation. This eventually led to a repeal of that law.
Home Education News was a leaflet inserted in
the THEN newsletter that could be easily copied homeschoolers and
included into various homeschooling newsletters. Home Education News
reported events that could be used in support of petitions and legal challenges.
A substantial number of Home Education News reports
are still available, dating back to the early years of THEN. In time, more
of these reports will be made available online. If you come across anything
that could be used, post a message with details at the WHEN discussion groups
and lists below.
United Nations Petition
As discussed above, a refusal of police and public prosecution to follow up a
reported breach of law can be sufficient ground to go directly to the UN. If
you are interested, discuss this matter further at the various WHEN forums. You can
join the WHEN Email List at Topica by filling in the box below.
You can also follow discussion by going through
the public message archive on the web.
Apart from the WHEN email list at Topica, there are other places where
you can read and participate in discussions. Note that we need only one case in one
country to get a ruling from the UN Human Rights Commission that would virtually
apply worldwide, so it's important to support efforts by fellow homeschoolers in
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