International Democratic Education Conference

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The International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) is an annual academic and youth conference hosted by a variety of schools and organizations in cities around the world. It is a global gathering of educators, students, parents, and advocates who are interested in democratic education.


IDEC was first held in 1993, and has been held in all subsequent years except for 2001 (see notes). The length of the conferences has varied between two days for the first event and 15 days in 1997. The purpose of each conference has been decided by the school that is organising it.

Internal Democratic Education Conference details
Year Host school Location Participating countries
1993 The Democratic School of Hadera Israel Austria, Israel, UK, USA
1994 Sands School[1] England Austria, Israel, UK
1995 SchülerInnenschule & Werkcollege im WUK [2] Vienna, Austria Austria, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Norway, UK, USA
1996 The Democratic School of Hadera Israel Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, UK, USA
1997 Sands School England Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Palestine, Turkey, New Zealand, Ukraine, UK, USA
1998 The Stork Family School Vinnitsa, Ukraine Germany, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, UK, Ukraine, USA
1999 Summerhill School[3] Leiston, Suffolk, England Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Poland, UK, US
2000 Tokyo Shure[4] Japan Australia, China, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Palestine, the Philippines, Poland, Russia, Thailand, UK, Ukraine, USA
2001 Institute of Democratic Education Israel Germany, Israel, Palestine
2002 Tamariki School Christchurch, New Zealand Australia, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Nepal, UK, USA
2003 Albany Free School,
Alternative Education Resource Organization
United States Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, Ukraine, USA
2004 SchoolScape Bhubaneshwar, India Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, UK, USA
2005 K.R.Ä.T.Z.Ä. Berlin, Germany Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lesotho, Nepal, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, Ukraine, USA.
2006 Australasian Association for Progressive and Alternative Education (AAPAE)[5] Sydney, Australia Australia, Burma/Myanmar, Canada, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Nepal, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, USA
2007 Institute for Democratic Education (Politeia),[6]
World Education Forum,
Mogi das Cruzes
Brasil Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine, USA.
2008 SANE Vancouver, Canada Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Palestine, Peru, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, UK, USA
2009 People's Solidarity for Alternative Education,
Korean Parents's Association for Alternative Education,
Seoul Alternative Learning Community Network
Seoul, South Korea Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the USA
2010 Institute of Democratic Education Tel Aviv, Israel Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, Poland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA
2011 Sands School[7] United Kingdom
2012 Nuestra Escuela [8][9] Puerto Rico TBD
2013 The Patchwork School [10][11] Colorado, USA TBD
2014 Gwangmyeong, Korea TBD
2015 Ako-ā-Rongo Trust Nelson, New Zealand TBD
2016 Mikkeli, Finland Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, The Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, UK, South Africa.
2017 Education Cities Organization

Institute of Democratic Education

Hadera, Israel Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Columbia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Myanmar, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nepal, Norway, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, Taiwan, Ukraine, USA, UK.
2018 Institute of Democratic Education Bangalore, India India, Indonesia, Brazil, Japan, UK, Israel, South Korea, Ukraine, Nepal, USA + more
2019 Institute of Democratic Education Kyiv and Vinnytsia, Ukraine ?
2020 Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir-Sri Matri Aurobindo Vidyalaya Kathmandu, Nepal
2021 Summerhill School UK


  • IDEC 2001: The conference was to be held jointly and co-hosted by the Institute of Democratic Education in Israel and the Hope Flowers School in Palestine, but the international situation reduced it to a comparatively small event, attended mainly by Israelis, Palestinians and Germans; for that situation they was decided to call this conference the “Israeli Democratic Education Conference”.
  • IDEC 2009: The conference was cancelled due to H1N1[13]
  • IDEC 2012: For the very first time, the IDEC conference will be held in the Caribbean at Puerto Rico, a Commonwealth (unincorporated territory) of the United States.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

  • International Democratic Education Network - further information and a data-base of democratic schools
  • IDEC 1999 was held in Summerhill School, England, July 23 to July 26, 1999 (full 100-page report, with texts of all speeches, pictures, workshop reports, a conf diary, & delegate list)
  • IDEC 2003 was held in Troy, New York, USA
  • IDEC 2004 was held in Bhubaneshwar, India, from Dec 3rd to Dec 12th 2004
  • IDEC 2005 was held in Berlin, Germany, July 30 to Aug 7th 2005
  • IDEC 2006 was held in Sydney, Australia, July 10 to July 16, 2006
  • IDEC 2007 was held in São Paulo, Brazil, September 8 to 16 2007
  • IDEC 2008 was held in Vancouver, Canada, August 11 to 18 2008
  • IDEC 2009 was officially cancelled but the people already there had a gathering in South Korea, August 2009
  • IDEC 2010 was held in Tel-Aviv, Israel, April 6 to 13 2010
  • IDEC 2011 was held in Devon, England, July 5 to 14 2011
  • IDEC 2012 Archived 2017-12-22 at the Wayback Machine was held in Caguas, Puerto Rico, March 24 to 28 2012.
  • IDEC 2016 was held in Mikkeli, Finland, June 6 to 10 2016.
  • IDEC 2017 was held in Hadera, Israel, March 30 to April 3, 2017.
  • IDEC 2018 was held in Bangalore, India, November 15 to 21 2018.
  • IDEC 2019 was held in Kyiv and Vinnytsia, Ukraine, August 1 to 9 2019.


  1. ^ Sands School official website. Retrieved 28/04/19.
  2. ^ "SchülerInnenschule". Retrieved 2019-05-18. Official website.
  3. ^ Summerhill IDEC 99 archive website. Retrieved 12/02/18.
  4. ^ Tokyo Shure official website. Retrieved 1/15/09.
  5. ^ Australasian Association for Progressive and Alternative Education official website. Retrieved 1/15/09.
  6. ^ Politieia official website. Retrieved 1/15/09.
  7. ^ "IDEC@EUDEC 2011". Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  8. ^ "Nuestra Escuela: A School with a Mission of Love - IDEA, Institute for Democratic Education in America". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2011-01-30.
  9. ^ "IDEC 2012 - Caguas, Puerto Rico - Official website". Archived from the original on 2017-12-22. Retrieved 2011-06-16.
  10. ^ "Home".
  11. ^ IDEC 2013 - Boulder, Colorado, USA - Official website
  12. ^ "IDEN: IDEC : International Democratic Education Conference general information". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-01-31.
  13. ^ Notice | IDEC 2009 KOREA Archived 2010-05-04 at the Wayback Machine official website. Retrieved 9/10/09.