A very interesting article titled Homeschooling way to go? by Monica Cheru-Mpambawashe, appears in in the October 9 edition of The Herald:
In Zimbabwe most homescholars use a syllabus designed in South Africa. A pro-homeschooling blogger claims that as of May 1, 2010 South Africa had more than 100 000 students on homeschooling. SA has developed its own syllabus which is closely aligned to the one followed in formal institutions in that country but with the methodology basically borrowed from the American system.
A parent who is homeschooling her children in Harare says that her son is learning Afrikaans and doing very well on the written tests.
“When we went to SA and spoke in Afrikaans, it was hilarious as everyone looked at us in obvious bewilderment and we could not understand a single word they said.
“Homeschooling works for some subjects but maybe for a foreign language, you really want to have a group and live experience with a competent speaker,” she said.
Of the more than 20 parents homeschooling their children in Harare interviewed for this article all felt that it was much better than formal learning and they would only take their children to proper schools if they were forced.
Writer Monica Cheru-Mpambawashe includes information about homeschooling elsewhere in the world:
Internationally, homeschooling is most prevalent in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the US while Germany and Brazil, have outlawed it. China allows it for foreigners. Kenya is the only other African country beyond Zimbabwe and SA to carry out homeschooling in appreciable numbers.
Read the entire article at the link above.