UNICEF criticizes homeschooling approval: Children are not ‘parents’ property’ Education

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released a note this Friday (20) criticizing the House’s approval of a bill to regulate home education in the country. According to the agency, The model deprives children and adolescents of the right to learn.

“Allowing homeschooling means Depriving children and adolescents of their full right to education. Family and school have separate and complementary responsibilities in the lives of girls and boys. The The family is a place of care and non-formal education, In a private environment. The School is a place of curriculum And this is the main public space where students interact, socialize and learn with other people “, reads a quote from the note.

The organization further said, Dr. “Children and adolescents are subject to the law – not the property of their parents” And it has to do with the approval of the project that prevents the child from going to school if parents and guardians choose the home education model.

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UNICEF is a branch of the United Nations (UN) that works to ensure the rights of children and adolescents around the world, the most vulnerable, especially those who are victims of extreme violence.

See UNICEF Criticism below:

Supervision by guardianship counselors

One of the criticisms that UNICEF made in the note Assign guardianship counselors to oversee home education. The text of the project suggests that professionals examine how homeschool children and adolescents are learning.

UNICEF says the measure is “worrying” because it imposes liability on professionals who are not trained for such assessments and who already have multiple qualities.

The entity argues that school An important environment for children and adolescents, because it is here that they learn to socialize and to live with differences..

“As much as the child has siblings, this interaction with peers builds the child’s ability to communicate, to live together, to be respected in a diverse and pluralistic society,” he notes.

“The school represents a place of social interaction and learning through coexistence with diversity and respect for differences; It’s a place to build citizenship, to expand experience, to meet others.

UNICEF also highlighted Prolonged absence of cohabitation space like school during epidemic has negatively affected studentsSomething that can be intense with homeschooling.

There is another point that concerns the entity Risk of exposure to violence against children and adolescents Destruction of schools as a safe haven for students, victims of violence, in the education system.

UNICEF also remembers that Most violence against children and adolescents occurs indoors, with known aggressorsAnd being in school can ensure that they stay with the trusted adults they can ask for help.

“Being in school, learning, is an important protective factor. Children and adolescents are more vulnerable and vulnerable to violence, including those who are out of school or have less years of study.”

The full Chamber of Deputies on Thursday (19) approved a bill that would have approved homeschooling in Brazil. At present this practice is not allowed in the country. Through a decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF).

The bill still needs to be analyzed by the Senate, where it may change. When changed, the text returns to the chamber. Otherwise, it goes to the approval or veto of President Zaire Bolsonaro.

Home Education is one of the banners of President Zaire Bolsonaro and his supporters. The theme was among the priority targets for the first 100 days of government.

According to the project under discussion, the family has to meet certain criteria for adopting the procedure, such as having a highly educated and no criminal record between the parents.

The project has been criticized by education companies for trying to persuade the government to focus on regular education. They further argue that the text approved by the Chamber excludes the elite and those families who do not have the same opportunity.

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