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 action list at Topica to view precedents and to discuss your situation.
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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 No Action 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 other countries!

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