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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 space for people 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 specialists in that domain. There will be pottery and clay work; spinning and making cotton yarn; 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 many 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

Category I Early Bird Fee Extended
(Up to Nov 8th)
Fee
(Nov 9th to Nov 15th)
Accommodation Type 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) - Full $450 $300 $575 $450
Tent (provided by ECC) $400 $225 $500 $325
Tent (own) $375 $200 $475 $300
None $300 $150 $375 $200
Category II Early Bird Fee Extended
(Up to Nov 8th)
Fee
(Nov 9th to Nov 15th)
Accommodation Type 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) - Full $300 $175 $400 $275
Tent (provided by ECC) $250 $125 $350 $225
Tent (own) $225 $100 $325 $200
None $175 $90 $250 $120
Category III Early Bird Fee Extended
(Up to Nov 8th)
Fee
(Nov 9th to Nov 15th)
Accommodation Type Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs) Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs)
Single-bed room ₹11000 NA ₹12500 NA
sharing between 2 or 3 people ₹9000 NA ₹10000 NA
Dorms (shared between 5 to 15 people) - Full ₹8000 ₹3500 ₹9000 ₹4000
Tent (provided by ECC) ₹7000 ₹2750 ₹8000 ₹3250
Tent (own) ₹6500 ₹2000 ₹7500 ₹2500
Category IV Early Bird Fee Extended
(Up to Nov 8th)
Fee
(Nov 9th to Nov 15th)
Pass Type Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs) Per adult Per student (upto 24 yrs)
For 7 Days ₹5500 ₹3000 ₹6500 ₹3500
Daily ₹1000 ₹500 ₹1500 ₹800
Category V Early Bird Fee Extended
(Up to Nov 8th)
Fee
(Nov 9th to Nov 15th)
Accommodation Type 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) - Full $250 $175 $275 $200
Tent (provided by ECC) $225 $150 $250 $175
Tent (own) $200 $125 $225 $150
Category V Early Bird Fee Extended
(Up to Nov 8th)
Fee
(Nov 9th to Nov 15th)
Accommodation Type 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) - Full $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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Travel & Transport

Please carry with you the invitation letter, the venue details and mobile numbers of the organising team members, besides your passport (International participants) and ID proof for national participants. It is wise to carry three copies of your ID proof and keep them in different bags. Carry a set of clothing in your hand baggage, in case your bags decide to go to another destination.
Soon after you book your flights/train tickets, please send the details through the website or an email. There will be an IDEC APDEC InDEC 2018 banner as soon as you pick up your bags and exit at the airport and outside at the railway station, with more than one person there to help you.
If you inform us, we will be there!
You will be put on a convenient, comfortable, safe airport/station to city bus or taxi, which you need to pay for. If there are many people arriving within an hour, you could share. Both taxi and bus would take about two hours to the venue. Similarly, a taxi or bus can be picked up at or near the venue for your return journey.

Accommodation

Once you arrive, you will need to give your name at the registration and you will be taken directly to the room you have booked.
Foreign nationals must fill in Form C. It is mandatory.
To make it less stressful for you, we suggest you print and fill in the form before you embark upon the journey to India.
Rooms and accommodation are simple, basic, clean and neat. Most rooms have attached bathrooms, except the dorms and tents. Common toilets can be found nearby.
You will choose the kind of accommodation you prefer of course. We encourage you to share, if possible with friends and colleagues. We will also try to have a mix of people from different countries, in each block of hostels.
You will be provided with sheets, blanket, pillow, towel, soap. Bathrooms have buckets, mugs and a shower, with solar-heated hot water. Hot water using firewood will also be made available to guests. You have heard of smoked fish, cheese, brinjal... Now you can have smoked water for bathing too!
Please bring with you, your personal toiletries, mosquito / insect repellent, and medicines. Anything you may have forgotten or extras that you may need, you could get at the local store or at the Conference office, next to the dining area.

Venue

ECC is a safe haven, which was initially in the suburbs but with the city moving in and around it in recent years, is in the midst of a vibrant part of the city. The Whitefield area, where it is located, is within walking distance, with a hub of shops, restaurants, pubs, both local and global.
Laundry facilities are available at the venue.

Food

During the conference, with the mainstay being Indian food from different regions of India, there will also be some Asian and International fare served. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be on the menu every day.
If you have any particular allergies or something specific that you do not eat, let us know.
We will make the food less spicy so that it is palatable for all. We will be including millets in the meals and cooked, natural foods. We will also have some carts selling safe stuff in the evenings. Tea and coffee may be made available through the day in canisters, where you could serve yourself, besides the break times.

Health

Similar medicines from around the world (allopathic medicines are part of a global industry!) may be available in India, but with a different name. Please carry your doctor’s prescription with you.
Being careful with drinking water while travelling, is a cautionary tale wherever one goes. You will have a bottle in your registration kit, which you can refill any time of the day at the venue. Please use this water for brushing teeth too. You will take time to acclimatize to new conditions and it is better not to take risks. Even those from other parts of India, be conscious of what you eat and drink.
It is advised that people who have not lived in India for a while, do not eat open, raw fruit or vegetables. Eat without fear anything that is cooked and hot!
There will be a doctor on call, including a homeopath. We will have a first-aid tent put up!

Weather & Clothing

Bangalore being on one of the oldest plateaus of the world, the Deccan plateau, is about 1000 m (approx. 3000 ft) high and has pleasant weather through the year. In November, it would have maximum temperatures hovering around 27* C (80.6*F) and minimum about 17* C (62.6* F). If at all, there may be mild showers and wind, in the afternoons and evenings, if there is low-pressure in the Bay, 400 km away.
Cotton clothing is ideal through the day, preferably covering your legs. Besides, local public dress code, it is good armour against mosquitos in the evenings. A light coat, shawl, stole or dupatta will keep you warm, late evenings when outdoors.
Wear clothing that covers most of you, to feel more comfortable in India. After all, you would not wear a wedding dress to go to the beach or beach wear for a party! However, Bangalore is more relaxed than most parts of India, about rules of what is an locally accepted public dress code.

India has a variety of everything from food to people to climate to ways of living. Drop in and taste a bit of the madness that may stay with you for life…

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Our Amazing Team

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Amukta Mahapatra

Director, SchoolScape, Convenor IDEC 2018

Nivedita Ram

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

Vandana Saxena

Researcher, Associate Professor, Delhi University

Joseph Deyone Jacobi

Educator, Gubbachi Learning Community

Nagarajan D

Formerly with ActionAid
Finance Committee, IDEC 2018

Ankita Rajasekharan

Teacher, Shriram Montessori

Vyshnavee Vikrant

IDEC Organising Team

Hema Devarajan

Head, Little Kingdom School, Tamil Nadu

Swetha Jeyani Devarajan

IDEC Organising Team

Nikhila Anoth

IDEC Organising Team

Prem Kumar Aparanji

IDEC Organising Team

Srinivas K S

IDEC Organising Team

Anitha Loganadhan

Head, Golden Bead School

Hema Latha

Head, Western Ghats International School
IDEC Organising Team

Vidya Shetty

Teacher, Prakriya School, Bangalore
Registration - IDEC Organising Team

Reddy Venkatesh

Play Practitioner
IDEC Organising Team

Anantharaman, R

Head, Ninos School, Salem
Organising Committee, IDEC 2018

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Contact

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

+91 908 009 0142

idec2018@idec2018.org

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