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Brazilian Supreme Court on Homeschooling
—The Next Germany?

Mike Donnelly
HSLDA Director of Global Outreach

March 1, 2016

Mike Donnelly Staff Attorney Mike Donnelly is HSLDA’s director of global outreach.

As hundreds gather in Rio de Janeiro, two weeks from now, to debate whether home education should be considered a fundamental human right, a case with huge implications for homeschooling and parental rights is making its way through the Brazilian Supreme Court. You can get behind this global movement for freedom by participating in the event by live stream! Click here to register.

This is the second global homeschool conference, and I am so pleased to have been a part of organizing this event. Homeschooling is growing fast around the world, but there are serious struggles. You know about our fellow homeschoolers in Germany and Sweden who are oppressed. Will you join forces with me to support our fellow homeschooling families who are fighting for this right in Brazil? Brazil is the second most populated country in the Americas and has significant influence here and on other continents—what happens in Brazil matters to all homeschoolers.

A family that was denied permission to homeschool has appealed to the court’s to determine the constitutionality of home education. Although homeschooling is not explicitly recognized in Brazil’s national education law, the Brazilian constitution does recognize the role of parents in their children’s education. As homeschooling has grown in the largest country in South America, it has gained attention. Several bills have been filed in the national congress, although none have yet passed. Several of these congressman will participate in the global conference.

Your participation in this event will send a strong signal that parents all around the world are engaged and ready to defend the fundamental human freedom to decide how our children are educated. National sovereignty is of critical importance, and HSLDA continues to stand against the ratification of dangerous treaties—but we also have a voice that we can use to defend the transcendent freedoms of parents and families around the globe. We need to support homeschool communities that are often too small to get the attention of their civic leaders. Click here to join homeschoolers from around the world who will participate in this historic gathering and support the Brazilian homeschool community.

Homeschool advocates in Brazil have told HSLDA that as many as eighteen out of twenty-six Brazilian state prosecutors have filed an amicus brief in the homeschooling case before that country’s Supreme Court.

Homeschool advocates in Brazil have told HSLDA that as many as eighteen out of twenty-six Brazilian state prosecutors have filed an amicus brief in the homeschooling case before that country’s Supreme Court. These prosecutors argue that homeschooling shouldn’t be permitted in Brazil, pointing to the same old, tired arguments about socialization and parallel societies used by German and European courts to legitimize persecution of families who want to homeschool. HSLDA has been asked to file a brief in the court to support homeschooling freedom in Brazil. Your support of the Global Conference on Home Education being held in Rio de Janeiro in less than two weeks can help spotlight the need for reform to protect the rights of parents to homeschool.

Activists in Brazil say that homeschooling is growing in spite of this hostility from some authorities. And there are numerous congressman who support the practice. They look to countries like the United States for inspiration and encouragement. Because Brazil is an influential country in Central and South America, it is important to the global freedom of home education that we take action.

You can help the movement there by supporting the GHEC 2016. By signing up for a conference live stream pass, you will send the message that home education is an important right that should be protected by all governments. If you sign up for a live streaming pass, we will also send you a copy of the Rio Principles. The Rio Principles will be the conference declaration that home education is a right that must be upheld in free countries.

Sign up for a copy of the Rio Principles and to access exclusive content from the Global Home Education Conference!

Thank you for your support for freedom here and abroad. HSLDA is privileged to serve you, your family, and our movement. Together we can make difference for freedom!