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Family Forced to Return their Daughter to School
January 14, 2018: Mr. and Mrs. Gonzales heard about the benefits of homeschooling and started teaching their daughter at home. They were overruled.

Homeschooling in Ecuador: Is alternative education legal?
October 21: A mom in Ecuador reviews the Ecuadorian constitution, education law, and Homeschool Agreement from April 2013 (Spanish).

The Frontiers of Homeschooling
June 1: Marcia Washburn is a veteran homeschool mom who has traveled to Ecuador to encourage homeschoolers.

 Country Information

Legal Status of home schooling: Homeschooling is legal. While a new homeschooling agreement was recently released (Acuerdo Ministerial 0067-13), it has not been widely announced or implemented. Homeschooling is still fairly uncommon, although it is a growing phenomenon. Those interested in homeschooling, please see the contact information below.

The Constitution of the Republic of Ecuador (2008) states that parents are “free to choose for their children an education in accordance with their principles, beliefs and pedagogical choices” (Art. 29). The education law (Ley Orgánica de Educación Intercultural, Registro Oficial Nº 417, March 31, 2011) confirms that parents are guaranteed the constitutional right to “choose, in compliance with the best interests of the child, the type of educational institution they deem appropriate for their children, according to their beliefs, principles and their culture and language” (Art 12).

 Contact Information

Alternative Education in Ecuador
POC: Natalia Rivera
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Last Updated: January 1, 2016