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July 6, 2012

Map of the Walk for Freedom route, courtesy of askofamilycamp.info/walk-to-freedom/

Leave Sweden to Find Freedom

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Dozens of Swedish home educators will walk 100 miles from Sweden to the Åland Islands, Finland to symbolize the freedom to home educate that exists in Finland—in contrast to the current persecution of homeschoolers in Sweden. The group will walk for six days, July 13–19, and travel from Askö to Stockholm before taking the boat to the Åland Islands.

The Åland Islands are a self-governing province within Finland where a number of Swedish families live in exile today. The Finnish constitution explicitly protects the right of parents to direct the education of their children. Home education is in effect illegal in Sweden, and Swedes are fleeing to the neighboring Swedish-speaking Åland Islands in increasing numbers. Home educators in exile on the islands include the president of Rohus, the Swedish Association for Home Education.

The Walk to Freedom planning crew explains on their Facebook page:

“The walk represents the sacrifice made by so many of the Swedish home educators who are leaving the country they love to endeavor to find the freedom to home educate. We are hoping that this will symbolize the struggle that families are going through and send a powerful message to society, the media and the government and that to find freedom you actually have to leave Sweden.”

HSLDA Director of International Relations Michael Donnelly states he has heard from a number of Swedish families who have had to make the heart-wrenching decision to flee their homeland.

“Families should not have to choose between love for their children and love for their homeland,” states Donnelly. “The situation in Sweden went from bad to worse after the new education law passed in June 2010, and dozens of families have fled in the past two years. We call upon Swedish officials to recognize the right of parents to direct the education of their children, explicitly protected in fundamental human rights documents. I encourage all friends of homeschooling to watch and share the video above to raise awareness about the plight of our fellow home educators in Sweden and the Walk to Freedom.”