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Home Schooling

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Home Schooling

Post Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:34 am

Hello everyone

I have been in Turkey for three years now and my daughter is now 4 yrs old and it is now coming to that time where she will need to start going to school. We are not completely satisfied with Turkish schools and the International schools in Istanbul charge ridiculously high prices. My wife and I both have teaching experience and have been pretty much educating our daughter at home for the past few years and feel that we could continue to do so, but what concerns us is that she will miss out on socialising.

My wife (who is Turkish) very bravely managed to get the local council to give us a room at the local public education centre (Halk Eğitim) twice a week for the past two years for a mother and child group. There were ten mothers with their children attending. The group was all Turkish so it was a great opportunity for our daughter to learn the language. She can now speak very good Turkish and English. We are concerned that now the mother and child group has ended our daughter won’t have the social contact she needs with other children of her age.

The British Council here in Turkey only has a list of International Schools and so they were not able to help much. We would love to hear from any ex-pats with similar experiences or suggestions and would especially be interested in knowing if anyone out there has set up a home tuition group or is planning to do so.

Ami Smile

 

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Re: Home Schooling

Post Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:59 pm

If your daughter is Turkish, you are required by law to put her thru the system - no home schooling for Turkish children I'm afraid! Sad

There are state nursery schools/classes attached to local schools. Your little girl is still too young to start primary school class 1 but she could attend one of these nursery schools.
There are many private schools w/nursery classes too.

Personally I think the fees charged by the private schools in TR are too expensive and the education the pupils receive doesn't warrant such high costs! Private education at all levels - in particular primary school til high school doesn't begin to compare w/what's available privately in the UK.

I'm Eng/Irish w/TR hubby, we brought our 2 lads up in TR. They went thru the state system from nursery school til uni. It wasn't a bowl of cherries but it worked for us. The boys and I did proper Eng lessons so that they would be bilingual- they are . Their dad and I put a huge amount of effort into extra curricular activities for them.

One of the most important issues is to strike up a good relationship w/the first class teacher because he/she is w/those children for the 1st 5 years, so it is vital. Both parents should have a hands on approach- be in constant contact w/teacher and head -every week at least! In the UK teachers frown on this but in TR it is not a prob for teachers and they appreciate concerned parents. One of the parents could be active on the Koruma dernek- the assoc for parents to collect cash for extras for the school such as books for the library, extra teachers for eg for dancing etc. and generally help the school managers.

Our sons eventually won grants abroad and did master and ph d.

Good luck! Smile Don't forget to let us know what you decide to do!

 

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Re: Home Schooling

Post Posted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:01 pm

Hi Ami,
My son is a lot younger than your daugther but the problem we are facing is similar to yours.
I would love to set up a learning group, I am an English teacher too but to do that I need my little son to attend nursery or a creshe. Do you know one? If you think it would be convenient for you to keep in touch with me, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards,
Nancy

 

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Re: Home Schooling

Post Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:01 pm

Is homeschooling legal for expats (US citizens). Where can one check the law in writing??? Would really appreciate prompt reply. Thank you.

 

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Re: Home Schooling

Post Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:04 pm

I have no idea myself but I imagine if they are not Turkish Citizens you should be fine, but it might be a good idea to contact a good English/Turkish speaking lawyer regarding this- since it is such a sensitive topic. I could find nothing much on the net for you, even in Turkish. The concept is not really understood here anyway.
You could contact the Turkish embassy nearest you and ask about the education system and exemptions, if any, to it. Ask if your children can home school through a distance learning programme.
You could also contact the US embassy in TR and see what they say. They must have experience with other US citizens home schooling/wanting to home school their children in TR.
Good luck! Smile

PS Here's a wiki link Homeschooling expats




Turkey -Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.- Virtually no homeschooling

The source for this is - Education_in_Turkey Wikipedia


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Ikeepforgetting
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Re: Home Schooling

Post Posted: Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:17 pm

- Ikeepforgetting

I have no idea myself but I imagine if they are not Turkish Citizens you should be fine, but it might be a good idea to contact a good English/Turkish speaking lawyer regarding this- since it is such a sensitive topic. I could find nothing much on the net for you, even in Turkish. The concept is not really understood here anyway.
You could contact the Turkish embassy nearest you and ask about the education system and exemptions, if any, to it. Ask if your children can home school through a distance learning programme.
You could also contact the US embassy in TR and see what they say. They must have experience with other US citizens home schooling/wanting to home school their children in TR.
Good luck! Smile

PS Here's a wiki link Homeschooling expats




Turkey -Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions.- Virtually no homeschooling

The source for this is - Education_in_Turkey Wikipedia

Thank you so much for replying. I really appreciate it. Asking the Embassies is a great idea. I did already find someone who does homeschool and she said its Ok for expats. As you mentioned, its not a known concept to many there. Thank you again.

 

Homa
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