European Democratic Education Community
The European Democratic Education Community (EUDEC) is a European non-profit organisation that promotes democratic education as a sensible educational model for all democratic states. EUDEC aims to further democratic education in Europe. Founded in February 2008 as a project of the United Kingdom-based Phoenix Education Trust, the organisation has been an independently registered non-profit NGO in Germany since 2009.
Its members are individuals, schools and institutions throughout Europe with decades of experience in democratic education. One of the things that makes this organisation so unique is the active role played by school students at all levels: e.g. as individual members, on the EUDEC Council, in conference-planning, in the organisation of programmes etc.
EUDEC pools this knowledge and shares it in the form of online information about democratic education in theory and practice, publications, conferences, meetings and seminars, school partnerships and exchanges, opportunities to visit schools, a thriving, mutually supportive network of schools, universities, organisations and start-up groups.
Individuals and schools in Europe may become full members of the Community, whereas individuals outside of Europe and any organisation of any sort anywhere may become associate members, participating in Community activity without a vote. As of June 2012 the Community represents about 58,000 people and 53 groups from 28 countries including more than 57,000 school students, 35 schools, 13 start-up groups and 5 organisations including the German National Association of Free Alternative Schools (BFAS), UK-based Phoenix Education Trust and the Swiss Union of Student Organisations (USO), as well as numerous individual members.
The Community was formed in parallel with the European Democratic Education Conference, which is now a part of the Community's regular activities. The conference, which takes place biennially, also includes the EUDEC's annual general assembly of members, in which officers of the community are elected and decisions are made about Community policy. Every two years the Community elects a Council of 7 to 11 members who administer its business between assemblies. The organisation is run entirely by volunteers.
Since the first EUDEC Conference that took place in Leipzig, Germany in 2008, there has been an EUDEC annual general meeting or conference each year. The events are listed below in chronological order:
2008 - EUDEC Conference Leipzig, Germany - hosted by the Freie Schule Leipzig
2009 - EUDEC Annual General Meeting Cieszyn, Poland
2011 - IDEC@EUDEC Conference Devon, England - hosted by Sands School This conference was a combination of the EUDEC Conference and the 2011 International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC)
- European Democratic Education Community — Brief History Retrieved March 5, 2009
- European Democratic Education Community — Membership Retrieved March 5, 2009