The International Congress on Family Education begins

  • 2011

The II National and I International Congress on Family Education (Homeschooling) begins tomorrow and ends on Saturday at the facilities of the Pamplona Campus of the University of Navarra, Spain. For two days, specialists in the areas of education, law and new technologies will discuss Innovation education, ICT and flexible school with the purpose to deepen and analyze the academic and social implications of this learning modality.

In the working hours, three key pedagogical challenges that homeschooling poses to the general education system will be considered: attention to diversity, parental educational participation and the right to an education Quality. Home education, homeschooling, education otherwise are the terms in English that refer to a type of schooling that basically develops around the family home instead of going to an educational center.

The president of the Congress on Family Education, Carme Urp, has admitted that the situation that families who choose to educate their children at home is going through is quite uncertain and insecure in the absence of explicit legal recognition.

In Spain, throughout its contemporary history, the main concern of governments has been to achieve and maintain universal compulsory schooling, that is, there is no child Those who lack the opportunity to go to school. But it is not being taken into account that once this phase is resolved, new educational challenges such as home school or flexible school must be assumed, a modality that many families pose in the exercise of responsible freedom and which has a precedent in others pa ses, says the coordinator of the meeting, Mar a ngeles Sot sa Positive News.

In that sense, the director of Clonlara School in Spain, Juan Carlos Vila, has been enthusiastic about the congress and has highlighted the variety of people and experiences that will meet n in Navarra. This issue brings us all upside down, since we are continually confused with absenteeism and that creates many problems for families with social services. This congress, with the number of people who will attend, will mean a turning point in the legal issue and in the study of the right to education and the right for parents to decide on education. n of his children, all in relation to educational freedom, says Vila to Positive News.

Some of the speakers who will speak at the conference are Thomas Spiegler, from Friedensau University (Germany); Javier Tourón; former president of the European Council for High Ability; Johanna Raffan, founder of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE); Vicente Llorent Bedmar, Professor of Theory and History of Education at the University of Seville; Laura Mascaró Rotger, lawyer and mother homeschooler; Paula Rothermel, of the Open University (United Kingdom); Ketty Sánchez, of the Association for Free Education; Vila, director of Clonlara School in Spain; Rosa Ballestero Asín, of the Tximeleta Association for Educational Innovation; and Ana Pérez, from the Association for Free Education.

The congress is open to the participation of researchers in education, social and legal sciences as well as professionals in the formal and non-formal educational field, associations in the education sector, families interested in home schooling and university students.

Last year, the First National Congress on Family Education was held in Valencia, in which the fundamental issues related to the practice of homeschooling from the different academic approaches in social and legal sciences were addressed.


(Image: Courtesy of the organization of the II National and I International Congress on Family Education)

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