Pavel Parfentiev is the Chairman of the Board of the Interregional Public Organization “For Family Rights” in the Russian Federation which works to protect the family as “the natural and fundamental group unit of society” (Art. 16.3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and to protect the right to choose home education. When in 2010 the new proposed bill on education didn’t include the right to home educate, Pavel and his organization initiated a nation-wide effort to change the proposed bill. Eventually the right to education at home was restored.
In 2011 Pavel wrote and published a book for parents, “Without a school: the legal guide to the family education and externship.” This unique guide provides information on how to resolve legal problems with home education in different regions of Russia.
Pavel is also one of the founders and member of the Board of the specialized social network for Russian home educating families called “Learning at Home: Home Education in Russia.” He leads seminars for home educators and appears in Russian media on the subject. He was a co-initiator of the expert panels on home education conducted in the Public Chamber of Russian Federation in 2011 and 2013 and is also a Member of Expert Council for the Family Committee in Russian Duma (Low Chamber of the Parliament). Pavel learned at home during his last “school” years.