Who is The Pestalozzi Trust, and what do they have to do with the legalities of homeschooling? Watch the video below to find out. If you don't have time to watch, just keep scrolling for the video summary and relevant links to find out more and sign up to the excellent legal protection they offer.
To dive deeper into the details regarding The Pestalozzi Trust, we encourage you to make use of their website, as well as the other resources and contact details provided below. If you're convinced of their necessity to you, we've also provided a quick link to their signup form as well.
The Trust is a registered public benefit organisation, which supports its members when they come into in conflict with the authorities in connection with their home schooling. The Trust protects its members’ rights to choose the kind of education that would be in the best interest of their children.
If a member comes into conflict with the education department, welfare or police regarding his home education, the member immediately calls the emergency number of the Trust. Members receive the emergency number in the members’ pack when their membership has been activated. The Trust then assists the family individually.
No. Some of our members are registered but the majority not. According to the law (SA Schools Act 84 of 1996, sec 51) you have to register. Study the registration requirements and the Policy on Home Education carefully to ensure that you protect your child’s right to education and act in your child’s best interest, and do not get into conflict with the requirements of the Children’s Act if you should register. Contact us for further details.
Join online on our website. The membership fee is R1,200 per family per annum. If you join before you remove your children from school, or within 3 months of removing them, you pay the reduced fee of R1,080 per family per annum.
PLEASE NOTE: Existing members who renew on time (before their membership lapses) stay on the membership fee level at which they joined. They therefore don’t pay the increased membership fee in future. The membership period stretches over 12 months, from the date of joining the Trust (for example from 1 June 2020) to 12 months after that date (for example to 1 June 2021).You may pay once-off, or you may pay by monthly stop order.
The Trustees may turn down an application without having to explain their reasons. However, an application is seldom turned down under the following circumstances:
No. The Trust does not prescribe to its members which curriculum or approach to follow. Members of the Trust make use of a wide variety of curricula and educational approaches. Parents have the responsibility to choose the curriculum or approach that would the best for their children.
You may do that, but the children will NOT receive home education. Home education is defined in the law as education at the child’s own home. If the child is being taught outside of his own home, he does not receive home education. If you do that, you will be running a small independent school, which according to the law needs to be registered as an independent school if you want to operate it legally.