International Democratic Education Conference

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This article is about a conference. For other uses, see IDEC.

The International Democratic Education Conference, or IDEC, is an annual academic and youth conference hosted by a variety of schools and organizations in cities around the world.


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 The 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 Leiston, Suffolk, England Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Palestine, UK, US
2000 Tokyo Shure[3] 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 and Palestine 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
USA 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.A.T.Z.A. 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)[4] 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),[5]
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[6] United Kingdom
2012 Nuestra Escuela [7][8] Puerto Rico TBD
2013 The Patchwork School [9][10] Colorado, USA TBD
2014 Gwangmyeong, Korea TBD
2015 Ako-ā-Rongo Trust Nelson, New Zealand TBD
2016 Mikkeli, Finland


  • 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[12]
  • 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.

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External links[edit]


  1. ^ Sands School official website. Retrieved 1/15/09.
  2. ^ The WUK official website. Retrieved 1/15/09.
  3. ^ Tokyo Shure official website. Retrieved 1/15/09.
  4. ^ Australasian Association for Progressive and Alternative Education official website. Retrieved 1/15/09.
  5. ^ Politieia official website. Retrieved 1/15/09.
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ Nuestra Escuela: A School with a Mission of Love - IDEA, Institute for Democratic Education in America
  8. ^ IDEC 2012 - Caguas, Puerto Rico - Official website
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ IDEC 2013 - Boulder, Colorado, USA - Official website
  11. ^ IDEN: IDEC : International Democratic Education Conference general information
  12. ^ Notice | IDEC 2009 KOREA official website. Retrieved 9/10/09.