Sometimes, when there is no alternative, we have to break the law to change the law. We might be temporarily illegal but “change can’t be made illegal” as a friend said!
Whether we want to homeschool, unschool or create alternative, natural and community based schools, we do not have this choice in Greece.
Education in Greece – Wikipedia
"All levels are overseen by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. The Ministry exercises centralised control over state schools, by prescribing the curriculum, appointing staff and controlling funding. Private schools also fall under the mandate of the Ministry, which exercises supervisory control over them. At a regional level, the supervisory role of the Ministry is exercised through Regional Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education, and Directorates of Primary and Secondary Education operate in every Prefecture. Tertiary institutions are nominally autonomous, but the Ministry is responsible for their funding, and the distribution of students to undergraduate courses. Currently the Greek government only recognises the degree programmes offered by the state-run universities although there are several private universities and colleges offering degree programmes that are validated and overseen by American, British and other European universities. The Greek government is pressured to recognise these overseas programmes.
The Greek education system has been criticised over the years by Greek people for various issues, like difficulty levels of the exams during Panhellenic Examinations, number of teaching hours in schools etc. It has ranked last among the EU countries."
Through living and experiencing the current educational system in Greece, many of us feel the urgency of change knocking at our door, as our children suffer, teachers are underpaid and uninspired and parents are left with no rights and no alternatives. Sometimes, “taking the law in our own hands” is the only way.
I have been illegally homeschooling my youngest daughter for three years now, observing a happy, lively, creative and mature human being grow, learn and enjoy life. There is no separation in our minds between learning and play, there are no set roles, as we learn from each other, there is no authority, pressure or isolation from our community, society, other children and/or activities.
As I write this article, the social services have called to investigate our home and situation, due to an accusation made against us, that my daughter is not attending public (or private) compulsory schooling. I have decided to fight for my parental rights to choose how to educate my children but also to help others do the same, as well as change the current Greek educational system, which is not serving anyone.
A “silent” but authentic movement has been accelerating all over Greece over the past few years, which is now getting ready to explode. The case against me is not just my case but our opportunity to DO something about what we all want, all that we have been discussing about and sharing with one another; all equally disappointed with the current situation, which is not getting any better. We need to come together and we are! We need to create one body, one voice, one case. We will go as far as we need to!
There are others homeschooling in Greece too. It’s time to speak up! There are those who wouldn’t choose homeschooling but want the freedom of choice to decide how to educate their children. And there are those who want to see a full change in education, whether they have children or not; are teachers, experts, grandparents, young adults just completed school… we want you all with us.
Please send us your name, email and your experience, reason for supporting or your point of view, so that we can connect, stand by each other and create the education and the society that we want.