The Association québécoise pour l’éducation à domicile (AQED) or the Québec Association for Home-Based Education in English, is a volunteer citizen organization founded 20 years ago by families who wanted to better support each other in their homeschooling journeys. The association brings together more than 600 families educating over 2,000 children in Québec. It is a non-profit secular organization. Its decisions and actions are based on the results of scientific research related to learning, home schooling, and the well-being of children and their families.
AQED’s mission is to unite, inform, and support Quebec parents who choose homeschooling, and to respond to the questions and needs shared by all Quebec homeschooling families, regardless of language, religion, or educational philosophy.
The organization represents its members when dealing with the Minister of Education, school commissions, and other organizations related to youth and education.
AQED also supports and defends the rights of parents to educate their children according to the philosophy and learning method they choose, while protecting children’s rights to receive a healthy and balanced education.
R.E.D.A.Q. is an organization that brings together people from all walks of life directly or indirectly involved in education (parents, students, teachers, committed citizens, etc.) who believe in the benefits of democratic schools on the psychological, academic, family and social levels. REDAQ recognizes that many young people do succeed within the schools of the current education system in Québec. However, they remain concerned about the number of young people who cannot adapt to the demands of these schools and who often feel misunderstood within the education system as a whole. Therefore, REDAQ aims to promote the creation of democratic schools to increase the diversity of educational options available to young people, so as to be able to meet the needs of a greater number of Québec students.
Mont-Libre, located in Montreal, is an agile learning center for homeschooled teenagers between the ages of 11 and 18. The Centre’s main goal is to offer a safe space for teens to truly be themselves; discover who they are, where they’re going, and how they’ll get there.
Learners attending Mont-Libre are in charge of their own learning process. They get to choose what they want to learn about, set specific goals, and in collaboration with the facilitators decide on the workshops and activities to reach those goals.
Mont Libre believes that learning lasts longer and becomes more significant when it is initiated by the learner; when learners are working with people that they appreciate, in relations of equality; when they can be involved in the decisions that affects their present and their future; and when they are the authors of their own lives and free to pursue their passions. At Mont-Libre, all participants take responsibility for their own decisions and actions. The Centre provides an inclusive learning environment, open to neurodiversity and LGBTQI teens.