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About

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IDEC

International Democratic Education Conference

IDEC started when a group of educators from different parts of the world, met, initiated by Hadera School, during when Democratic Education was the phrase used by Yaacov Hecht, the school's founder. From being alternative or free schools to a place where children could run the school, have the freedom to be themselves, seemed to be the path forward. The IDEC got its structure from the next meeting, when it was held in Sands School, where the children felt it should be for a week or more, with some planned sessions but also to have the space for spontaneous workshops to happen within the conference...

APDEC

Asia-Pacific Democratic Education Conference

As Democratic Education spread to different regions of the world, each region set up their own Conferences. So, Europe, initiated EUDEC (you deck) and Asia, along with Australia and New Zealand, the Asia-Pacific Democratic Conference - the APDEC.(A, P, deck). The first APDEC was held in Taiwan in 2016, organised mainly by the alumni and staff of holistic School. The 2nd was held by Tokyo Shure University, in Japan. And the third APDEC, is to be held in India, along with IDEC 2018, We could say it is IDEC 2018 @ APDEC or the other way round. The APDEC meetings will be held on Thu 15th Nov, 2018.

InDEC

India Democratic Education Conference

India, as we know is not a small country, and perhaps an InDEC (in deck) is required as an ongoing place for those to meet, share and support one another. IDEC and APDEC are one-time events in India, however InDEC could grow and be held in different locations each year...

Democratic Education

A democratic culture seems to be, as, or more critical, than a structure. A structure, a form, a procedure can be decided and acted upon almost immediately. However a culture needs to be constructed by the people, many of whom may not have experienced respect, integrity, the pillars of democracy, themselves...

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Programme

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Programme Overview

Every IDEC has some part of it structured and some of it kept open for participants to offer their presentations in whatever form they want, even on the last day... With the theme being diversity and being held in India, we have asked people who have done work in specific fields to share their experience, culling out principles relevant across the globe and to throw open for discussion. We have presentations on Gandhi, on Inclusion, on Gender issues, on indigenous peoples, on working children, on governance at the village/community level, on democratic cities… Schools and home learners (why is the word school, even tagged on to home school, de-school, un-school?) will be presenting their work from different parts of the world… Many of these will have children, students, young people presenting…
Learning is in various forms – so, besides the presentations, there will also be centres for different activities, led by craftspeople or experts in that domain. There will be pottery and clay work; spinning and making cotton thread; traditional games, making music, Ultimate Frisbee (a democratic game!), tables for learning bridge and so on…
Please refer to the programme schedule for more details.
Please feel free to share your work, your experience through any form – dance, role play, movie, PowerPoint, lecture… The culture of the conference is informal. However, bring forth issues, the specific can be generic, or the general principles could be made contextual and where required involve the participants in a discussion. After all, we are here to engage with people…
While you are at the conference, it is for you to choose where you want to be. There are nine parallel sessions and other activities going on simultaneously…and if you want to be by yourself or have a chat with someone on the grass – that is wonderful too…
There are also day tours organised into the city to visit schools, cultural centres or on Sunday, a walk in some of the city localities…

Participate, in any way you want to…


The conference is a free and respectful space and we encourage everyone to respect oneself and others with friendship and affection. Program Schedule

Participation Fee

The conference fee includes accommodation, food and the day trips.
The fee is the same whether one attends for a day or for the entire 6 to 7 days.
There is no fee for children below nine years. However please fill in a separate registration form.
Single or double rooms are not available for students and young people, unless young children are staying with the accompanying adult.
The responsible adult for children must carry a copy of the students’ ID.
For registering for the conference, first choose the accommodation as the fee is based primarily on the category of accommodation chosen
Each participant has to have a registration form. If you are in a group, follow the instructions given as you register.

Please click on the links below to see the Fee Details for each region

Accommodation Type Early Bird Price
(Up to Aug 31st)
Price
(Sep 1st to Oct 31st)
Category I Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs) Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs)
Single-bed room $650 NA $750 NA
sharing between 2 or 3 people $550 NA $650 NA
Dorms (shared between 5 to 15 people) $450 $300 $550 $400
Tent (provided by ECC) $400 $225 $500 $325
Tent (own) $375 $200 $475 $300
None $300 $150 $375 $200
Accommodation Type Early Bird Price
(Up to Aug 31st)
Price
(Sep 1st to Oct 31st)
Category II Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs) Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs)
Single-bed room $500 NA $600 NA
sharing between 2 or 3 people $375 NA $475 NA
Dorms (shared between 5 to 15 people) $300 $175 $400 $275
Tent (provided by ECC) $250 $125 $350 $225
Tent (own) $225 $100 $325 $200
None $175 $90 $250 $120
Accommodation Type Early Bird Price
(Up to Aug 31st)
Price
(Sep 1st to Oct 31st)
Category III Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs) Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs)
Single-bed room ₹9000 NA ₹10500 NA
sharing between 2 or 3 people ₹6000 NA ₹7000 NA
Dorms (shared between 5 to 15 people) ₹5000 ₹3500 ₹6000 ₹4000
Tent (provided by ECC) ₹4000 ₹2750 ₹5000 ₹3250
Tent (own) ₹2500 ₹2000 ₹3500 ₹2500
None ₹1000 ₹800 ₹1500 ₹1000
Pass Type Early Bird Price
(Up to Aug 31st)
Price
(Sep 1st to Oct 31st)
Category IV Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs) Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs)
For 7 Days ₹6000 ₹3500 ₹5000 ₹3000
Daily ₹1500 ₹1000 ₹1000 ₹800
Accommodation Type Early Bird Price
(Up to Aug 31st)
Price
(Sep 1st to Oct 31st)
Category V Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs) Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs)
Single-bed room $375 NA $400 NA
sharing between 2 or 3 people $300 NA $325 NA
Dorms (shared between 5 to 15 people) $250 $175 $275 $200
Tent (provided by ECC) $225 $150 $250 $175
Tent (own) $200 $125 $225 $150
Accommodation Type Early Bird Price
(Up to Aug 31st)
Price
(Sep 1st to Oct 31st)
Category V Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs) Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs)
Single-bed room $275 NA $300 NA
sharing between 2 or 3 people $250 NA $275 NA
Dorms (shared between 5 to 15 people) $225 $150 $250 $175
Tent (provided by ECC) $200 $125 $225 $150
Tent (own) $175 $100 $200 $125
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Essentials

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Transportation

Bengaluru is an international airport, KIA. Please send your flight details and you will be met at the exit point after you collect your baggage and walk out. You will be advised to take the van/bus (organised by the IDEC 2018), from there or a taxi. Look out for IDEC volunteers. For the day tours, in and around Bengaluru, vans/buses will be available to go on guided tours with a volunteer

Venue

ECC, Ecumenical Christian Centre has about 30 acres of land, which was on the outskirts of the city but now engulfed by it. Even so, it is a quiet place with a warm heart to welcome all the participants.
International Participants should carry at least five copies of their passport and Indian visa
National Participants at least two copies of Aaadhar card/other identification card.

Weather

Bengaluru has mostly cool weather, being 3000 ft on a plateau. If there is rain, there are light showers, usually during the afternoons. Unless there is cyclone or a storm in the Bay of Bengal, 400 km away, then there may be a heavy rain and wind

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Our Amazing Team

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Amukta Mahapatra

Director, SchoolScape, Independent Consultant, Promotes learning for life and life for learning

Saumya Sharma

Applied linguist, educationist

Nivedita Ram

Consultant, English language enrichment, Sishugriha Montessori and High School, Bangalore

Vandana Saxena

Researcher, Associate Professor

Joseph Deyone Jacobi

Educator

Ankita Rajasekharan

Teacher, Shriram Montessori

Vyshnavee Vikrant

Entrepreneur, Education Technologist

Hema Devarajan

Head, Little Kingdom School, Tamil Nadu

Swetha Jeyani Devarajan

Teacher, Little Kingdom School, Tamil Nadu

Nikhila Anoth

Head, Little Kingdom School, Tamil Nadu

Srinivas K S

Head, Little Kingdom School, Tamil Nadu

Anitha Loganadhan

Head, Little Kingdom School, Tamil Nadu

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Contact

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Ecumenical Christian Centre(ECC)
ECC Road, Whitefield Bangalore 560066

+91 97420 77099

idec2018@idec2018.org

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