What is home schooling?
Homeschooling or home school (also called home education or home learning) is the education of children at home, typically by parents but sometimes by tutors, rather than in a formal setting of public or private school. Some types of home schooling are very formal and very similar to what takes place in a school, while others are quite informal (such as unschooling, a child-led home education method).
Are you a school?
No. We are a support group for parents who educate their own children at home.
Is Home Schooling Legal in Doha?
If you are not a Qatari citizen, yes. Or, more precisely, there is no law against it for expatriates.
How Do I Register to Home School?
Since there are no laws on the books for the regulation of home schooling in Qatar, any registration would be under the laws of your home country/state/province/city. A great resource for finding the laws you need is the Home School Legal Defense Association. Though a U.S. organization, HSLDA is a great resource internationally, too.
Are there Requirements to Join Doha Home Educators?
Yes, you must be home schooling at least one child school-aged child (4-18) and live in Qatar.
I’m moving to Doha and have lots of questions; can you help me?
While we are quite happy to help you as you get settled, we are probably not the best place for finding all the answers to your “moving to Doha” questions. Please check these online forums first to see if the information you are seeking has already been discussed.
Marhaba is a quarterly magazine that you can buy at any good supermarket. While the information in it isn’t comprehensive it still does contain a wealth of information.
The sections are divided into Shopping, Tourism, Restaurants, Hotels, What to do, etc.
It costs QR 20 and I find it a great resource to have around for anything from phone numbers one’s likely to need to ideas on what to do.
For questions about your move that specifically relate to home schooling your children, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have a preschooler not in nursery. Can you help?
DHE is specifically designed for those schooling ages 4-18 (IE. school-aged children) and is not an alternative to nursery. However, if you are considering home schooling your child, we can help you get started. In this case, please do not try to join the forum, but instead email us at the address above for more information. We will get you in touch with those who are running activities for our “littles”!
Where can I find a curriculum for my child?
Check the links here on our site! If you are looking to home school temporarily or are nervous about finding the right program for your child, we recommend an all-inclusive curriculum program, such as K12, Calvert, or Worldwide Education Services. If you are home schooling because your child learns in a different style than the schools provide here, you may want to mix and match curriculum to suit your child.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for, email us or check out our Facebook page.
Is It Hard?
Like all things that are worth it, it takes an effort! Especially if your child has already been in school for a while, don’t be surprised if it takes a few months to make the transition into home education. Be patient, with both your child and yourself! But in the end, most who home school successfully find that the hard work pays off with a child who enjoys learning more, and is able to learn well.