We invite you to recognize the right of parents to choose the most appropriate method of education for their children and stop the persecution of this mother.
GREEK STATE DECLARES IT WILL REMOVE CUSTODY
FROM A MOTHER BY ORDER OF THE GREEK PUBLIC PROSECUTOR WITHOUT TRIAL BECAUSE SHE CONTESTS THE EFFICACY OF THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM BY HOMESCHOOLING HER CHILD
"Greece has fallen far behind in educational developments. The education system, one of the worst in the world, undermines the true education of today’s children. Moreover, any alternative form of education, such as those successfully implemented in other countries for years, are illegal in our country. This means that parents, who apply them, are breaking the law.
Right now, the state is proceeding to remove custody of an 8-year old child, depriving her of her mother, with police intervention and without trial!
We invite you to recognize the right of parents to choose the most appropriate method of education for their children and stop the persecution of this mother. "
Greece is a country where schooling is mandatory; the education system is officially classified as one of the worst in the world with no available alternative education options and there is deficient dialogue with parents and a devaluation of their role. It is a country where the law stipulates that primary and secondary education specifically helps students possess “loyalty to their country and genuine elements of the Orthodox Christian tradition” and where it is impossible to deviate without stating one's beliefs in formal documentation, ensuring stigmatism. Thus civil disobedience remains the only tool for the mother in question who, consciously, refuses to comply, for the benefit of her child, citing a number of provisions and conventions of law that guarantee the right of children to be educated in accordance with the parents’ beliefs and with tolerance to diversity.
Social workers visited the home of the mother without any official document or written communication in order to inspect her and the child’s living conditions. Following this, a 128 page memorandum was compiled, in which the mother explains and substantiates her positions and the reasoning behind her decision. The memorandum was filed and signed at the police station, where the mother was summoned by order of the public Prosecutor for minors, for the purpose of carrying out "strict recommendations" to enroll her child in school, completely ignoring the severity of her conscious act and her willingness to cooperate with the Greek justice system all along.
The decision to remove custody (without the mother being allowed to access or receive even a single document from the file formed against her, before the case is considered by a Court and separating mother and child through police operation) trespasses any notion of law and justice and seriously distorts the concept of "the child's best interest". It is certain that, in this way, the child will be scarred and stigmatized not to mention traumatized for life.
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