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Kevin Lampon, Advocate for Education, Liberland

Kevin Lampon is a long-term advocate for Liberland, having first visited in 2019 at the Floating Man Festival and returned many times since. As an international pilot, work has taken him around the world including Asia, and he now divides his time between Saudia Arabia and Thailand, the latter where he has a family home with his wife and where he hopes to retire.

Lampon has always been a libertarian simply because he believes in freedom. The recent political and social changes in the US have saddened him. “I don’t recognize the country I grew up in,” he says.

He quotes an old friendship which he recently lost due to pollical differences and affiliations.

“I am not sure what has happened. I was brought up to respect other people’s views, but now we can’t even have a conversation. This truly saddens me.”

Ironically Lampon feels he can experience more freedom in the traditionally conservative Saudia Arabia than in the States.

Lampon first heard of Liberland in 2017 but he became a citizen in 2018 and has been actively involved ever since. In 2019, President Vit consulted with him over the possibility of installing a runway in time for the first Floating Man Festival. “There wasn’t enough space but I have been active in assisting and meeting him and the rest of the ministerial team ever since.”

When Lampon discovered about the advanced settlement activities (which has been curtailed subsequently) he reached out again with an idea about education.

“Education is the cornerstone of a community and country,” says Lampon. “And when I considered Liberland and its settlements, I suggested to Vit that home schooling would be a great idea and assistance to the new families.”

For Lampon, homeschooling is a powerful tool and he has many friends who has taken this path. Indeed, Lampon himself availed of a homeschooling route which shortened his primary degree by two years. He had done research on the past and was delighted to suggest the Ron Paul home schooling curriculum.

The fact that Ron Paul is a libertarian and citizen also recommends this particular curriculum to Lampon.

The homeschooling curriculum begins at infants and goes all the way up to year 12 or around age 17 years.

Lampon expressed an interest in bringing the Ron Paul Curriculum to the newly settled Liberland and got the green light from President Vit. What impressed President Vit was the levels of credibility a qualified home-schooling course can bring.

“It’s important for home schooling to be formally affiliated with Liberland – in much the same way families in say Texas are affiliated to the state criteria. That way we can align the content with a credible organization with overview of the schooling. And we need a local school board to administer the course too – to give guidance, credibility and consistency to the schooling,” says Lampon.

Lampon is also keen to reintroduce classes on civics, freedoms and government – subjects he feels are being ignored in mainstream American public schools. Lampon will take up the role of director of the school but is happy in the future to pass on the baton.

Call to Action:

Lampon is calling on Liberlanders interested in education and the future of young Liberlanders to volunteer to help students if needed while they underake the self study home schooling modules.

The Homeschooling promise from Liberland:

To ensure a successful home schooling experience, we will:

1. Develop a well-rounded curriculum that includes core subjects such as Mathematics, Science,

English, History, Foreign Language, Physical Education, and elective courses.

2. Implement a structured daily schedule that allows for regular study hours, assignments, and

assessments.

3. Provide ample resources, textbooks, and learning materials to support the educational program.

4. Engage in regular progress assessments and maintain accurate records of academic achievements

and grades.

5. Encourage social interactions and extracurricular activities, ensuring a well-rounded education

beyond the academic curriculum.

6. Comply with any regulations, reporting requirements, or evaluations mandated by the Ministry of

Education.

Home School Guidelines for the Free Republic of Liberland Requirements:

1. Notice of Intent:

a. Parents or legal guardians who wish to homeschool their children in the Free Republic of

Liberland must submit a written notice of intent to the Ministry of Education or the designated

authority responsible for education.

b. The notice should include the names, ages, and addresses of the children being

homeschooled, as well as the names and contact information of the parents or legal guardians.

2. Curriculum:

a. Homeschooling parents in Liberland are required to provide a curriculum that includes the

following basic subjects: reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a course in good

citizenship.

b. The curriculum should be designed to provide a well-rounded education and may also

include additional subjects such as science, social studies, history, and health.

c. Parents or legal guardians have the flexibility to choose the materials, textbooks, and

resources they deem suitable for their children’s education.

3. Recordkeeping:

a. Homeschooling parents in Liberland must maintain attendance records, course materials,

and samples of the child’s work throughout the academic year.

b. Records should include a log of instructional hours or days, a list of textbooks or instructional

materials used, and samples of the child’s work to demonstrate progress.

c. The records should be made available for review by the Ministry of Education or the

designated authority upon request.

4. Assessment and Evaluation:

a. Homeschooled children in Liberland may be subject to periodic assessments or evaluations

to ensure satisfactory educational progress.

b. The specific assessment methods and frequency may be determined by the Ministry of

Education or the designated authority.

c. Assessment results may be used as a basis for evaluating the child’s academic performance

and determining the continuation of homeschooling.

5. Duration and Attendance:

a. Homeschooling in Liberland is typically conducted for the duration of the regular school year.

b. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for ensuring regular attendance and maintaining a

consistent schedule for instruction and educational activities.

c. The number of instructional hours per day or week may vary based on the child’s grade level

and individual needs, but it is generally recommended to provide a minimum of four to six hours

of instruction per day.

6. Additional Opportunities:

a. Homeschooled children in Liberland should be given opportunities to participate in

extracurricular activities, social events, and educational programs outside the home.

b. Parents or legal guardians are encouraged to explore community resources, educational

cooperatives, and online learning platforms to supplement their homeschooling curriculum and

provide a well-rounded educational experience.

Please note that these guidelines are based on Liberland’s requirements and may need to be

adapted to align with specific laws and regulations in the Free Republic of Liberland. It is

important to consult with the Ministry of Education or the designated authority for

homeschooling in Liberland to ensure compliance with local regulations.

Jillian Godsil
Blockchain Advocate, Founder, Conference Chair, Women in Blockchain Advocate, Keynote Speaker, Crypto Journalist, Broadcaster, CEO, Writer, Homelessness Advocate, Former European Parliament Candidate, Law Changer, Mother, Choir Member, Hill Walker, Dreamer

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