Bouwe van der Eems has been treasurer of the Pestalozzi Trust, a legal defense fund for home education in South Africa, since 2003. He has also served in the management committee of the Association for Homeschooling in South Africa since 2005. Bouwe studied engineering at Stellenbosch University and works as a solution architect in the contact centre industry. He and his family run a comprehensive independent website on home education in South Africa, www.sahomeschoolers.org on which Bouwe has published many blog articles on various aspects of home education. Bouwe and his wife Debbie have been homeschooling their 5 children since 2001 and they reside in Capetown, South Africa.