Doha Home Educators is an educational support network for those who home school. A home school is a school in which parents teach their children an academic curriculum at home instead of sending them out to a public or private school.
-A network of families who provide our children’s education(s) in our own homes, whether through our own self-tailored curriculum, though local tutoring, through online distance learning, or through any combinations of these methods.
-A support network for ALL families who home educate, regardless of race, religion, or country of origin.
-A collective. Everyone participates, plans, and executes. Though the coordinator and steering committee help make sure we stay on track, it is truly a group effort where all come together to make things happen.
WE ARE NOT:
-A legal entity of the State of Qatar, or any way associated with the Supreme Education Council. There is no law on the books for or against expatriate home schooling here. ALL home education in Qatar is at your own risk and is subject to change.
– A certifying body. Any certifications of curricula, records, etc. must be obtained through a home country.
-A facility that educates children. We are not a school. We are not a school in a home. We are a group of parents.
-A provider of curriculum. Although we are happy to direct folks to things that have worked for our members, and between our members there is often generous loaning, we as a network in no way provide curriculum for you/your child.
-Responsible for your record keeping. That is up to you. And if your home country requires certain certifications, it is up to you to research these and make sure you comply.
-Professionals. Everyone involved in the coordination and steering is a volunteer, and has many life commitments, just like you! If an email is not answered right away, please be patient!
-Merely a social outlet for children awaiting school places. While we understand that some home school for a season, all members of DHE must be actively home educating at least one child between ages 4-18.
-Help each other with advice about educating our children at home, curricula, struggles, etc. Home schooling can be tough. We are there to help each other with both the sorrows and the joys.
-Come together on occasions for fun class experiences outside of our normal home curricula.
– Facilitate social events for both children and parents.
– Organize field trips.
-On occasion, organize general standardized testing from the U.S.
-Post information as we receive it on tutors and other services in Doha that might provide educational benefit.
-Provide an opportunity for home schooled children to know that they are not alone!
WE DO NOT:
-Provide necessary research that you must do about home education requirements in your home country (though we can help provide some direction as to where to begin.)
If home schooling is right for you and your family while in Qatar, we are happy for you to join us.