MANILA, PHILIPPINES – It is said that a child’s first teacher is his mother. Expand that concept into a comprehensive and structured learning set-up: your child studies at home and has you as a teacher.
“Technically, anybody can homeschool,” says Edric Mendoza, president of the Homeschool Association of the Philippine Islands (HAPI), a non-stock, non-profit organization that represents several homeschooling providers and independent homeschoolers and groups.
Since HAPI’s launch in 2010, it has grown to include approximately 3,000 member parents and children. It works with the Department of Education, aiming to elevate the idea of homeschooling from being an alternative to a prime education option.
“Our idealistic perspective,” he continues, “is that homeschooling transforms the family—in a good way—and, thus, if the family is transformed, society can be transformed; ultimately, the country can truly be transformed. Thus, our tagline: Building the nation through homeschooling.”
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