Updated: Jun 8
Are you an a parent moving abroad with your children and you still have worries about educating your child abroad or choosing an educational route? Then read on for further guidance. When planning to move abroad as a solo expat or couple with children, the list of things to put in place can be overwhelming, and as a parent planning to move abroad with your children will involve even more consideration. One of the first things many American parents planning to exit or Blaxit have to consider is the education options which would best suit their expat children. However choosing the right educational route doesn’t have to be stressful. In this article we have a look at the pros of the 3 most common abroad education options: homeschooling, local schools, unschooling, world schooling and international schools. This will help facilitate your decision of choosing an educational route. Homeschooling Your Expat Child If you plan to stay abroad for a short period of time, then you probably want to avoid the stress involved in the process of enrolling your expat child in a new school. If this is the case, then homeschooling is the ideal educational route to go for. Although homeschooling is not for everyone and it clearly requires a substantial amount of dedication from the parent(s), there are several benefits to homeschooling. Though homeschooled kids often follow a pre-approved syllabus, homeschooling usually has more educational freedom. The parents are often in charge of making the decision of ‘how and where’ the subjects are taught, also, the hours can be scheduled and tailored to fit in with family life, as opposed to sticking to the rigid traditional school hours. In mainstream education, bullying is one of the things parents and their kids often have to deal with. However In a homeschooling system the ordeal of bullying is totally eliminated. Local Schools In most local schools, the classes are taught in the local language, however English is usually taught as a second language. Going to a local school can be tough for kids who don't know how to speak the language of their new host country at first, and the kids will probably be put in a lower ability class until they can efficiently communicate in the local language. This can be a serious snag for most black American expat parents. However, if your stay abroad is permanent (or semi-permanent) then the pros of enrolling your kids in a local school outweighs the cons. Generally, kids are able to pick up languages faster than adults and research has shown that the younger the child the easier it is for them to learn a new language. By enrolling your kids in a local school you make it easier for them to learn the local language. The easiest way to settle in a new country is to become wholly immersed in it. By enrolling your kids in a local school you’ve provided an opportunity for them to make friends with local children, this will help them adjust better. Also, it is more expensive to enroll your child in international schools, than local ones. International Schools Although enrolling your kids in an international school is more expensive compared to other options for educating your child abroad, it is most often the go to educational route for black expat families. Though there is often a reasonable distance from the school and where you settle. However the pros of enrolling your child in an international school outweighs the expenses and availability. By sending your child to an international school you create an opportunity for them to grow in a culturally diverse surrounding, and they can benefit from being in the midst of different global lifestyles. One of the prime objectives of most international schools is to ensure their students get an all-round development. Therefore, they place more emphasis on extracurricular activities, they don't only encourage students to learn academically, but creatively and socially too. We hope this article can be of help to you in your decision in choosing an educational route, and educating your child abroad. Also check our guide on preparing your kids to move abroad. Worldschooling/Unschooling Both are educational movements that recognizes that a student can receive no greater education than by experiencing and interacting with the world around them. For families able to make it work, this often involves traveling together and using the journeys to enhance their child(ren)'s education. Involves teaching children based on their interests rather than a set curriculum.