South West Wales

Parents take children out of school for year to go around world

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Image caption Lili Mai in front of the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

An adventurous Carmarthenshire couple gave their children the lesson of a lifetime by taking them out of school for a year to go around the world.

Adele and Paul Davies, from Llandybie, decided to "home school" their two children - even though they were thousands of miles away from Wales.

Their "geography lesson" was a tour of the globe taking in 12 countries.

Mr Davies, a deputy head teacher, said he and his wife wanted their daughters to learn by seeing different cultures.

The couple said their girls Lili Mai, nine, and Nel, seven, "tasted the freedom of life without the restraints of health and safety".

The family saved for nine years for the trip that took them to Canada, China, India, America, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Brittany.

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Image caption The Davies children ride elephants bareback in India

Lili said: "We enjoyed everything about our journey.

"Everything was new and exciting. Hearing new accents and languages was cool.

"Not going to school for a year was a new experience for Nel and I, but learning something new every day was easy."

Mr Davies, 40, said he has no regrets about taking the children out of Ffairfach Primary School in Carmarthenshire to go travelling from September 2013 to August 2014.

"Our girls learnt so much along the way," he said.

"Every new country was a lesson in itself.

"Their numeracy skills were improved as they worked out exchange rates and new currency and their communication skills and confidence grew daily.

"We wanted the girls to taste freedom without the restraints of health and safety."

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Image caption The family took in the bright lights of New York
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Image caption The children learned about the Lincoln Memorial in Washington
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Image caption Adele, Paul and the children travelled extensively in Asia
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Image caption A change of temperature when the family visited Canada
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Image caption Nel learned about Indian culture during her stay in the country