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Record-Setting Event Promotes Homeschooling in Russia and the World

Leaders meet for the Global Home Education Conference.

Homeschool leaders from around the world take a moment to celebrate the success of the Global Home Education Conference held May 15-19 in Russia. The record-setting attendance showed that homeschooling is a vibrant, growing movement prepared to meet the challenge of teaching a burgeoning youth population.

GHEC attendance set a new record.

Mike Donnelly, HSLDA’s director of global outreach, and Andre Stern, French musician and writer, are all smiles as they join a packed conference hall for one of many sessions at GHEC 2018. More than 1,000 Russian homeschooling parents, along with policy makers, organization leaders and researchers from over 30 countries, met in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and at Moscow City University to exchange ideas about home education and the role of parents relative to governments in education.

Homeschooling is growing fast in Russia.

A young trio play while their parents attend a session at GHEC 2018. Though home education would have been unimaginable in the Soviet Union just 30 years ago, today there are an estimated 75,000 homeschooled children in Russia. That number is growing dramatically and is already among the top populations of home educating countries along with South Africa, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Mexico.

The view from Red Square.

Mike Donnelly and friends pause to make a memory in front of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square. Like the renewed landscape and welcoming atmosphere, the development of home education offers evidence that Russian society is recovering from the deep scars of communism.

Read more about the conference here.