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I am homeschooling my child in her best interests

1 Feb

Childline, an NGO in Kerala, complained to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) that a certain family was not sending their child to school. The complain was made in October 2015. The family was summoned to the CWC, which asked them to file an affidavit. After lengthy discussions and help from advocates, here is their reply. […]

Swashikshan Conference 2016

15 Jan

The fourth annual Swashikshan Conference is on its way. This year the venue is Visthar campus in the outskirts of Bangalore, Karanataka. The 5 day residential event will start on February 25, 2016. The previous conference was held at Aaavishkaar Campus at Palampur while the two annual events prior to that were held at Khandala. […]

Homeschooling at Chennai

10 Feb

Sangeetha Sriram and Hema Jain, two homeschooling parents from Chennai, shared their thoughts and stories on a radio programme on Radio One Chennai. The programme was a mix of English and Tamil and it was superb! Do tune in and share your thoughts with all of us. The audio has also been posted on Swashikshan […]

Indian Homeschoolers Conference 2014

23 Dec

The much awaited second Indian Homeschoolers Conference (IHC ’14) is here – a gathering of like minded souls at Khandala to share their experiences, learn from each other and rejoice the company of the amazing homeschooling community. If you have not been to the conference before and want to know more about the experience please […]

Reflecting back at the Indian Homeschoolers Conference!

15 Apr

The first Indian Homeschoolers’ Conference under the umbrella of Swashikshan – the Indian Association of Homeschoolers, was held between 28th February and 3rd March at St Mary’s Villa in Khandala in Maharashtra. St Mary’s Villa is located on the hills of Khandala overlooking a valley. Two hundred people from all over India attended the conference […]

Khandala and the Yule-tide Spirit

2 Apr

“Does one desire the Yule-tide spirit, sir?” “Certainly one does.  I am all for it.” – P.G. Wodehouse, The Inimitable Jeeves We were looking forward to the India Homeschoolers’ Conference from even before it was proposed; wishing and hoping that there could be a time and place for all of us to be together for […]

First All India Homeschool Conference

30 Mar

On February 28th 2013, a curious mix of families converged by road and train from various corners of the country.  There were families from Coimbatore and Chennai, Andhra, N. Delhi, W. Bengal, Goa, Karnataka, Gujarat, and of course Maharashtra.  Contrary to popular perception, families came from diverse economic and social backgrounds, from farmers to businessmen, […]

India Homeschoolers’ Conference 2013

9 Jan

“Young and old, Sharing space, Sharing time, Living life. Free to play, Free to create, Free to be whoever, They like.” These were the words that Charlotte, a young homeschooling mother from Panchgani, used in a sentence to express her vision of the first Indian Homeschoolers’ Conference, to be held in Khandala, Maharashtra from Feb […]

SwashikshanTV

5 Oct

The seed for SwashikshanTV was sown in a casual Facebook post on the Swashikshan page, a few months ago; where Hema A. Bharadwaj said that she was keen that we start a YouTube channel for Indian Homeschoolers. This was even before Swashikshan was formally launched! Just as a seed starts to germinate when the time […]

Homeschoolers Meet in Delhi: Questions, Reflections, Lessons Learned

25 Sep

And, thus our paths converged…. I had not known some until that very moment. Few I’d known for only a week or so. Others – just a few months back. But those 48 hours that we spent together – the homeschoolers of Delhi (and couple of families – from Chennai and Hyderabad) exchanging thoughts, questions, […]