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State Wants to Ban Homeschooling
September 24, 2013: Authorities are making plans to ban home education in the Netherlands. You can help Dutch homeschoolers preserve their freedom.

Netherlands: State Wants to Ban Homeschooling
September 24. 2013: Authorities are making plans to ban home education in the Netherlands.

VS Rommelt aan Asielstatus Christelijke Duitsers om Thuisonderwijs
February 18, 2013: The Dutch newspaper Reformatorisch Dagblad covers the German Romeike family’s political asylum case in the United States.

Netherlands: Sixteen-year-old Homeschooler Graduates from College
June 26, 2012: Homeschooling allowed the high school age son of homeschool pioneers in the Netherlands to graduate early from his college studies.

Homeschooling a Topic of Discussion in the Netherlands
March 5, 2012: A sudden interest in homeschooling in the Netherlands sparked a parliamentary debate and comment from the Minister of Education.

International Homeschooling—Watch Video from a Dozen Countries
January 2, 2012: Homeschoolers from across Europe gathered for a meaningful time of sharing experiences and learning about the homeschool laws in other countries.

Dutch Family Victorious in Parental Rights Case
November 21, 2011: The Weijman family in Amsterdam, Netherlands won a victory when a Dutch judge rejected a request by social services to restrict the family’s parental rights simply for their choice to homeschool.

Homeschool Leader Interviews
November 16, 2011: Hear about the current homeschool situations in a number of European countries, recorded at a recent European conference.

Successful Lobbying in the Netherlands
September 30, 2011: Homeschoolers in the Netherlands influence the political field.

Update on Homeschooling in the Netherlands
Homeschooling was recently targeted by the Ministry of Education, but a quick response by Dutch homeschoolers and homeschoolers around the world accomplished an important victory.

Home Education Threatened in the Netherlands
In order for a family to homeschool in the Netherlands, the family must get an exemption from school registration for deeply held religious or philosophical reasons. This exemption is very difficult to achieve and is not available once a child begins attending public school.

Dutch Homeschoolers Fight Compulsory Attendance Law
It has always been somewhat difficult to homeschool in the Netherlands, but public opinion and political moods may now be changing.


 Country Information

Compulsory Attendance Law:From the 5th birthday until age 16. Part-time attendance allowed for 16 to 18 year olds (an approved combination of study and employment).

Legal Status: Homeschooling is not technically recognized by Dutch law. The Compulsory Education Act, Article 2, paragraph 1, states that school attendance is mandatory. However, many are able to obtain a religious exemption to compulsory education.

Country needs: 1) Recognition of homeschooling as a valid form of education

Number of Homeschoolers: Approximately 100 families.

 Contact Information

Jozualijst (Christian Dutch Homeschoolers)
Mr. Kor B. Stelma
Phone: 00 31 517 38 27 56
Email: thuisonderwijs@solcon.nl

Nederlandse Vereniging voor Thuisonderwijs (NVvTO)
The Netherlands Association for Home Education
Tel: +31 320 25 84 61 (Dutch and English)
Email: info@nvvto.nl
Secretary: Peter van Zuidam / peter@vanzuidam.nl
English language website: www.home-education.nl

Mailing Address:
NVvTO
Donaustraat 158
NL-8226 LC Lelystad, Netherlands

“Friends of Home Education” Facebook page

Right to Home Educate Initiative

Last Updated: December 13, 2013