After moving past the claims that South Africans were homeschooling as “a last option”, we’re able to learn more about South African homeschooling and two moms, Kathy le Cordeur and Adi de Hoop.
When home becomes school By Nontobeko Mtshali
For Kathy le Cordeur, deciding to home-school her four children at a time when the concept was still relatively new was one she made willingly.
“I had no problems with the school my children were in. In fact, I was happy with it, but the more I read up on home schooling, I realised the lifestyle linked with what we wanted,” she said
Kathy le Cordeur, from Northriding, home-schooled her four children. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu
Le Cordeur, a former teacher, decided to take her children out of school in 1996 – the year home-schooling was legalised.
IOL published the article yesterday, going into le Coreur’s homeschooling history, as well as Adi de Hoop’s challenges building her daughter’s education possibilities.
De Hoop, who lives in Rivonia, Sandton, said her daughter’s Grade 1 application was rejected by seven schools. “All the schools, both independent and public, in my area said no. In schools in the wealthiest part of Africa, my child could not get in.
“I didn’t have a choice. I had to make education accessible to my child,” she said.
De Hoop, who said her child’s vision was deteriorating at the time, said she couldn’t find a single curriculum that was suitable for Nimoe, so she used different aspects of various curriculums.
With her daughter’s successes, de Hoop is now an activist for the disabled.