Has homeschooling officially arrived in Barbados? The African Heritage Foundation (AHF) in 2016 championed the rights of all parents to homeschool their children as they assisted a family legally defend their rights to homeschool their children.
In an effort to further support that family and others who wished to homeschool their children, the AHF created a community Home Directed Learning Service and called it BAASE ( Barbados Alkebulan Academy for Social Empowerment). This service assists parents make application to the Ministry of Education (MOE) for permission to homeschool, shares information on the teaching of various subject matter and provides a physical space where children can attend classes.
Added to this, the AHF has written letters to the MOE, humbly suggesting that they create a homeschooling division that would give support to parents who wished to give this alternative method of educating their children a try. The AHF offered to assist the MOE in the management and operation of such a department in those communications. No reply, was the reply of MOE to effort made by the AHF to communicate and work with them on what they considered then, and now an important development in the education system of Barbados.
Benjamin Franklin said ” Those who govern, having much business on their hands, do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.” The occasion is COVID-19 and the new project a system of national homeschooling.
The AHF is still working on developing effective methods of delivering the wonder of homeschooling to parents in communities that have been historically used, misused and marginalized. Most recently the MOE has denied a parent the right to homeschool her children, even though all their requirements were met by the applicant. Now, like the rest of Barbados, this parent has to educate her children at home due to COVID – 19. Added to this, what will be said about the fact that parents were asked by MOE to provide some form of academic qualification when applying for permission to homeschool. What qualifications will all the parents of Barbados have to submit now? These and many more questions must be answered by the MOE.
Like all schools in Barbados the AHF has ceased its physical classes at its headquarters for their homeschoolers in light of the COVID – 19 pandemic. However in its lessons, the AHF has been making use of the technology that it has available to it. Its homeschoolers are accustomed to online tutoring in class, and use it when they are unable to physically attend classes. Needless to say that in this time the AHF will move all its tutoring/guiding online.
The newly designed format of the AHF’s Home Directed Learning Service (BAASE), will be managed and operated online. The service will-
- Create video content that provides guidance to children and parents on Math, English, History, Geography, Sciences (various), basic art.
- Assist parents with the correction of work done by children and give advice in problematic areas.
- Assist parents keep a record of child’s progress.
- Assist parents share with one another challenges and successes on their new homeschool journey.
At present the AHF’s Home Directed Learning Service facilitates children from the ages 5 – 16 years of age.
The service carries minimal fees that are tailored to fit everyone’s pockets. The education of the children is what the AHF is focused on.
If you would like to find out more about the AHF’s Home Directed Learning Service and how you can access it for your child/children, please contact us at 260-4795 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“We destroy the love of learning in children, which is so strong when they are small, by encouraging and compelling them to work for petty and contemptible rewards, gold stars, or papers marked 100 and tacked to the wall, or A’s on report cards, or honor rolls, or dean’s lists, or Phi Beta Kappa keys, in short, for the ignoble satisfaction of feeling that they are better than someone else.”
You are invited to view the Math video lesson on Sets used by the AHF’s homeschoolers ages 11-13 years of age, and subscribe to the BAASE You Tube channel. The BAASE will be uploading all its tutorials on this You Tube channel ……. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYX8CL2SViGMUUCQ7CD4tXg
Mathematics – SETS – Union of Sets, Integration of Sets, Problem Solving Using Venn Diagrams.
African Heritage Foundation/ Barbados Alkebulan Academy for Social Empowerment