Jails / Prisons : Homeschoolers Interrogated by Secret Police, Face Imprisonment

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    Four families who reside in Mahalapye, Botswana face an uncertain future due to an increasingly tense standoff over the issue of homeschooling. The families, adherents of the Seventh Day Adventist church, homeschool because of their religious and philosophical convictions. Despite their sincerely-held religious beliefs and the inability of the court to find any social or educational problems with the children, they have nonetheless been ordered by the local court to enroll their children in public school or face unknown consequences. On September 10, a judge in Botswana is scheduled to decide their fate. Attorneys for the family are seeking an urgent interdict to prevent the magistrate court from taking any action against this family. HSLDA is asking for your help.

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    Act Now on Behalf of Homeschoolers in Botswana

    Act Now on Behalf of Homeschoolers in Botswana
    HSLDA requests that you contact the Embassy of the Republic of Botswana as soon as possible to respectfully and firmly point out that homeschooling is an effective approach to educating children and that as a country Botswana should protect the right of parents to choose homeschooling. Feel free to share your own positive experiences with home education. Please also contact the office of the President of Botswana and ask him to take swift action to protect these families before the September 10 deadline.

    His Excellency Mr. Lapologang Caesar Lekoa
    The Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana
    1531-1533 New Hampshire Ave., NW
    Washington, D.C. 20036
    (202) 244-4990
    [email protected]
     
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    doesn't the specific form and content of the homeschooling matter?
    or are you just for the abstract concept of homeschooling no matter what is
    being taught and how? Culturally, I think we would have to know a hell of
    a lot more about Botswana's culture before we could chime in any real
    substantive way.. don't you think? Homeschooling is not some living breathing
    thing that is universally good.. it's a transparent concept that takes on the
    attributes of whatever you apply it to.. It could be good, bad and everything
    in between.. so, it really comes down the specific cases.. doesn't it?​
     
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    Parental rights is universally good as long as it is not abusive to the child.

    This is more about Parental rights Vs Governmental indoctrination.

    From One of the Four Parents involved
    “There is no way I will enroll my children in school under any circumstances,” Mr. Modimoothata told HSLDA Director of International Relations Michael Donnelly. “I must obey God. The schools here are corrupt and teach my children things that go against our faith and our values. I cannot allow them to go to these schools.”



    It should concern every homeschooling family in the world that judges are increasingly using provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to intervene in homeschooling families, forcing parents to send their children to government schools. Sweden is another country that has adopted draconian measures against homeschooling families, citing its “obligations” under the UN CRC.




    “Unfortunately, there appears to be a heavy bias in some countries against the rights of parents to decide what is best for their children,” said Donnelly. “We have seen egregious cases of authoritarian treatment of homeschooling families in Germany and Sweden in Europe, and now with Botswana in Africa. We call on policy makers in Botswana to take swift action to protect the rights of parents to determine the best form of education for their children, including homeschooling. And we are asking our members to take action in defense of these brave families in Mahalapye!”



    We don't need to know a lot about the culture, just that as a country Botswana should protect the right of parents to choose homeschooling.


    By chiming in, we are only calling for freedom of parental choice.
     
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    I home schooled my kids for a while and as long as you are teaching them the assigned number of hours and curriculum it is pretty much worry free. IMO it was better that regular schooling. But everything has it's pros and cons. Also your child is tested to make sure schooling is being conducted.

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    I don't see any reference to the ''secret police'' or an ''interrogation'' in this article, can you find an non-religious/non-bias source for this story?


    l. The judge writes that because Botswana is “signatory to various treaties to which the right of education is enshrined … It therefore follows the resultant need for every parent or guardian to accord their children access to such education which comes at very nominal fees in terms of public schooling. Indeed it goes without say[ing] that Respondents are themselves the products of the very education system they now have occasion to castigate.

    Judge sounds like he or she knows what they are talking about.


    ''During an investigation ordered by the court earlier this year, social workers found that none of the children in these families want to attend public schools, ''
     
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    I will tell you like this young sister once told me:
    "I'm not pointing out ANYTHING to you, get off your butt and look for the information yourself."

    In fact, that was recently....you know, come to think of it, it was YOU :whip::court:

    But, good luck with that, I mean seriously...do you really expect the mainstream media or anyone not concerned about the fate of Christian parents and their right to determine their childrens education to report this??? This stuff happens on a regular basis in America but it never makes the news. I know several people who homeschool who have had "social workers show up on their doorsteps interrogating them. I know one family who the social workers actually threatened to remove the children from their home if they were not placed in public school. YOU KNOW, funny thing, that never made the news.


    FROM THE UN RIGHT TO EDUCATION INITIATIVE:
    It is now legally enforceable for every child to demand free and elementary education between the ages of six and 14 years.


    The UN Right to Education treaties requires signers to make free or near free education available to its citizens. This does not require the signers to remove parental freedom of choice.


    FROM THE BOTSWANA CONSTITUTION
    Article 11. Protection of freedom of conscience

    (1) Except with his own consent, no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of his freedom of conscience, and for the purposes of this section the said freedom includes freedom of thought and of religion, freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others, and both in public and in private, to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

    (2) Every religious community shall be entitled, at its own expense, to establish and maintain places of education and to manage any place of education which it wholly maintains; and no such community shall be prevented from providing religious instruction for persons of that community in the course of any education provided at any place of education which it wholly maintains or in the course of any education which it otherwise provides.
     
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    Touche...I have ''faith'' that Judge knows what he or she is doing.....
     
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