Homeschooling Program is designed to provide an alternative delivery system of education for children who for some reason or for other circumstances cannot avail of the formal instruction in a traditional school.
Every individual is unique. Thus, Homeschooling addresses students’ individual differences. It recognizes various learning styles and special needs.
The Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child states that “The child shall enjoy special protection and shall be given opportunities and facilities, by law and other means, to enable him to develop physically, mentally, spiritually, morally, and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in a condition of freedom and dignity. In the enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interest of the child shall be the paramount consideration.”
Moreover, the Child and Youth Welfare Code of the Philippines (P. D. 603) states that “The child is one of the most important assets of the nation. Every effort shall be exerted to promote his welfare and enhance his opportunities for a useful and happy life.”
The DepEd, as the government’s lead agency in charge of basic education, acknowledges these realities. A way to articulate the aforecited declarations and concretize its recognition of the realities is the implementation of Homeschooling, aside from the traditional schooling program.