Depending on what kind of person you are, you could see that as a closed door or as a green light. Personally, I found this to be very encouraging because unlike some countries such as Germany who are overtly anti-homeschooling, in our case silence is golden! It’s an opportunity to organize ourselves and get the ball rolling in creating legislation that will integrate homeschooling into the educational fabric of Kuwait.
However, what does Kuwait Law saw about education? And is it homeschool friendly or isn't it?
Questions you shall see are powerful things. I’m going to share with you some of the questions that have the power to provide the answers we would like to see.
This is what Article 40 of the constitution says:
"Education is a right for Kuwaitis, guaranteed by the State in accordance with law and within the limits of public policy and morals. Education in its preliminary stages shall be compulsory and free in accordance with law. Law shall lay down the necessary plan to eliminate illiteracy. The State shall devote particular care to the physical, moral, and mental development of youth."
The QUESTIONS to ask are: what if both parents were in agreement with pulling the child out of school? Who would file a lawsuit against them in such a case? What is the worst possible punishment? Is it a fee? Is it jail? Surely it couldn't be as bad as Germany, where they actually take custody away from the parents in homeschooling cases! Does it make sense to take kids away from parents in order for them to be forced to go to school if it can be demonstrated and proved that the parents are providing love and care as well as a viable home education for their child? Surely only a totalitarian state would assert such a thing!
In any case, let's take another look at Article 40 again, in light of introducing this new concept called homeschooling:
"Education is a right for Kuwaitis..."
So the POWER QUESTION here is: Couldn't we establish that "Education" is not limited and confined to "Schooling"?
"...guaranteed by the State in accordance with law and within the limits of public policy and morals. "
"...Education in its preliminary stages shall be compulsory and free in accordance with law..."
"...Law shall lay down the necessary plan to eliminate illiteracy..."
"...The State shall devote particular care to the physical, moral, and mental development of youth..."
The answer to all those questions is: WHY NOT!
In conclusion: The real question we should be asking ourselves isn’t “Is homeschooling legal in Kuwait?” it should be “DO YOU WANT IT TO BE?”
If your answer to that question is YES, then click on the button below and register to be an official member of Kuwait Homeschool League and meet with us to discuss the next steps to take.