Bringing your kids up overseas

Bringing your kids up overseas

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The moment that we decide to have children, we start showing concern for their happiness, their well-being, and their futures. We just want them to have the best that we can provide them with at all times! Now, generally, people will bring their children up wherever they happen to be when they have them. This means minimal change and minimal stress at the given time. However, have you ever considered that your homeland might not be the best place to nurture them and meet their needs and requirements? While it may be a bold and brave step to move overseas, and you are likely to feel a little out of your comfort zone as you settle into a new home, there are huge benefits that can be found in other locations. While it would be impossible to detail every potential benefit from every other country, it is worth taking a look at some alternative options that exist beyond your doorstep. Here are a few different places that could greatly benefit your child and justify a step into the unknown!

Multiculturalism in Malaysia

A major worry in today’s political climate is that many of us feel that we are raising our children in a political climate contaminated with prejudice and segregation. With Trump’s calls for walls, we want to break down barriers and ensure that our little ones are exposed to as many cultures and different ways of life as possible! We want accepting little ones who have their eyes and hearts open to people from all over the world! The perfect place to foster this understanding attitude is Malaysia. Malaysia is extremely multicultural and is often referred to as Asia’s cultural meeting spot! This Southeast Asian region is bordered by Thailand, Brunei, and Indonesia. It has a diverse heritage, with a history of British Colonial rule and significant influence from a powerful Chinese economy. Malays constitute 50% of the area’s current population, the Malaysian Chinese account for a further 25% of the population, Malaysian Indians account for 10% and the remaining 15% is comprised of minority groups such as Iban, Melanau, Kelabit, and other individuals. This means that if you were to bring your child up in Malaysia, they would be exposed to a whole host of different cultures and traditions. They will be surrounded by Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism. They will hear Malay (or Bahasa Melayu), Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese, and Tamil. That’s before we even get started on the vast array of different cultures, cuisines, and practices. Purchasing on the property market in Malaysia has become significantly more simple in recent years too thanks to a reduction in essential interactions with the FIC (otherwise known as the “Foreign Investment Committee”). So securing a property in this region isn’t going to be the rigmarole that it may have been in the past. While settlement may be a little rocky to start with, as your child settles into this entirely alternative lifestyle, the benefits will soon begin to show.

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Education in the U.K

The quality of education around the world seems to constantly be on the rise. However, one country where education seems to have always excelled is the United Kingdom. From a young age upwards, education is a huge focus in Britain. While official and compulsory education starts from the age of four, there are various options for little ones who are even younger, with various nurseries and playgroups. Standard schooling will see your child learning a vast array of subjects from around 9 in the morning until 3 or 4 in the afternoon every weekday during term times. Most institutions offer after-school clubs and extra tuition if needs must too. Recent changes to the law now also mean that any individual over the age of 16 must remain in higher education or undertake an apprenticeship until at least the age of 18. This means that if they don’t want to continue in school, they can learn a craft for two years while being paid to do so. Where the U.K really shines in terms of education, however, is its universities. In the world university rankings, the U.K has a firm hold on the two top spots with the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. Other highly ranking places are held by Imperial College London, University College London, the University of Warwick, University of Exeter, and London School of Economics. The Russell Group is a governing body of a self-selected association of twenty-four leading research institutions that will shine on any CV. Now, not every child will want to undertake a degree; it’s always good for them to have the option available to them. Raising your child in the UK will ensure that they receive the necessary qualifications to easily apply to any of these institutions without worry. If your child becomes a national of the U.K or a permanent resident of the U.K, they will also be eligible to apply for home fees, which are significantly less costly than the fees charged to international students.

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Gender Equality in Iceland

When you have a child, you want the world to be their oyster, with opportunities around every corner. But unfortunately, many countries across the world still do not value girls and boys or men and women equally. This is evident from institutionalized and societally normalized misogyny that exists even the most seemingly developed nations. Now, today, most countries allow women to vote and differences between the sexes may appear non-existent. But in reality, obstacles such as the glass ceiling still exist. Many women are still being paid significantly less than their male colleagues for the exact same work! So, if you want your children to truly grow up in an environment that allows women to flourish as well as men, you might want to consider raising them in Iceland. Iceland is purported to be the most advanced country in the world when it comes to gender equality. The country has recently legally enforced equal pay for men and women and for the past nine years in a row it has topped the World Economic Forum’s gender equality index. The benefits fall both ways too! Unlike many countries, men are permitted at least three months’ paternity leave, allowing them to settle in with their children and raise them just as women are generally allowed to. So, if you value equality of the sexes, this really could be the perfect place to take your family!

Safety in Japan

Often referred to as the world’s safest country, Japan has obvious appeal to any parent. Even the biggest risk takers out there often come to re-evaluate their behavior the moment that they know they will be having a child. Not only do their own safety and wellbeing take on more significant importance (after all, if you’re not around to look after your child, who knows what will become of them), but their safety takes on a priority role. So what makes Japan so safe? Well, it has extremely low homicide rates and extremely low assault rates so you can feel particularly comfortable in regards to those major concerns. Crime rates in general dip well below most other countries!

As you can see, every country will have its particular benefits and every country could prove a brilliant home for any flourishing family. But if you have particular concerns or areas that you place emphasis on, do your research and find out which would best suit you and what you expect from your home!

 

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