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Welcome to InDEC 2019 at Coimbatore

2nd India Democratic Education Conference

from Thu 28th Nov to Sun 1st Dec,2019
at The Western Ghats International School
Ettimadai, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

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Early Bird Offer up to Sun 20th Oct, 2019 Click here to register

InDEC 2019

2nd India Democratic Education Conference 2019

India Democratic Education Conference 2019 brings together individuals, schools, learning organisations, those concerned about appropriate learning spaces available for children, education departments, universities along with a range of children, young people, parents and educators.

The IDEC – International Democratic Education Conference – initiated by a group of educators, celebrated its 25th edition in Bangalore, India in November 2018. From IDEC, regional offshoots were started to meet more regularly and to reach out to more people in the local area. EUDEC was started for Europe; APDEC for Asia-Pacific countries, with India being a part of it; and country-specific DECs, of which InDEC is for India.

Though the regional conferences are broadly meant for people from that region, interested people from all over the world may participate, if they want to. InDEC too, may have its share of people coming from other countries.

Along with the 25th IDEC in Bangalore last year, the 3rd APDEC and the 1st InDEC were organised. Participants came from 20-25 countries, with about 150 children & young people and 250 adults. It was a celebration of democracy as part of one’s natural living day. View IDEC APDEC InDEC 2018 photos

What brings everyone to this arena is perhaps the need to explore, to question, to resolve, to find processes and ways for living and learning in a human way for the young of our species and for the generation on its way into the future.

The 2nd InDEC will be held at Western Ghats International School, Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu, India
from Thu 28th Nov to Sun 1st Dec, 2019

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Democracy is not a choice.

India is a democratic country and all elements of it need to be democratic, if the country as a whole is to be and become truly democratic.

The aim of the Conference is to bring people together to live, learn and participate, rather than attend with imposed rules and definitions.

InDEC 2019 Aims

  • Could each participant experience the freedom to make choices?

  • Could each receive respect?

  • Could an environment be created where every human being is respected?

  • Could one work together to understand collaboration?

  • Could we take on responsibility spontaneously?

  • Could one listen to each other deeply?

  • Could we talk to each other?

  • Could every child, adult, school or organisation share one’s work in their own unique way?

  • Could we evolve ideas together?

  • Could we experience simultaneity, rather than duality?

  • Could we say, not yours and mine, but ours?

  • Could we respect the ground rules and practices of the community, we are members of, even though temporarily?

  • Could we be in rhythm with ourselves, with the community and the environment at the same time?

  • Could we construct together, a democratic culture?

History

Since 1993, when the first IDEC (International Democratic Education Conference) was planned by representatives from just four schools in different countries, the number of democratic schools all round the world has grown rapidly.

IDECs have been held every year on a different continent, and each conference is attended by hundreds of people from thirty or more different countries. There are also annual conferences held by EUDEC (the European Democratic Education Conference), ADEC (the Australasian Democratic Education Community), APDEC (Asia- Pacific Democratic Education Conference) & InDEC (India Democratic Education Conference).

https://www.idenetwork.org/index.php/about/what-is-idec

During one of the conferences, in New Zealand in 2002, some wanted to arrive at a definition of Democratic Education. It was discussed and in the end it was resolved that by arriving at a definition, one keeps many out of the defined circle; whereas the very idea of democratic education was to include as many as possible in the movement.

DE is a continuum and one needs to locate oneself or the organisation on it and move on to the next stage or layer. It is a process of reflection and action, a cycle that creates its own praxis; with each school or individual continuing to be unique…

IDEC is not an organisation and neither is InDEC. If there is an organisation, a head and a tail are required! It is a Conference and people who are interested, attend and take it forward in their lives and profession. It has its own momentum.

Whom is InDEC for?

  • InDEC is for Schools / Colleges / Universities / Any organisation that is interested to incorporate democratic structures or institutions or communities inside and outside India.

  • InDEC is for regular schools and alternative education programmes

  • InDEC is for Homeschooling and Non-Schooling communities

  • InDEC is for anyone who is interested in Democracy as a way of life

  • The Democratic Education Conference brings together people from a wide range of education experience to share, reflect and evolve

InDEC Programme

Each participant is a presenter and every presenter is a participant.

InDEC 2019 starts on Thu 28th Nov 2019 at 11AM and ends on Sun 1st Dec 2019 at 2PM

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Breakfast

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Snacks

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Snacks

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Dinner

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Welcome Snack & Drink
11:00AM – 12:30PM Inauguration
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch
1:30PM - 2:30PM Session C View Details
2:30PM - 3.45PM Session D View Details
3:45PM – 4:30PM Break
1. Open Time
2. Games
3. Short Trek
6:00PM – 7:00PM Session E View Details
7:00PM – 8:00PM Dinner
7:30PM - 8:00PM Buses leave for accommodation
7:30AM – 8:30AM Breakfast
8:30AM - 9:30AM Community Meeting
9:30AM - 11:30AM Session A View Details
11:30AM – 12:00PM Break
Health Drink & Snack
12:00PM – 1:15PM Session B View Details
1:15PM – 2:15PM Lunch
2:15PM - 3:30PM Session C View Details
3.30PM - 4:30PM Session D View Details
4:30PM – 5:30PM Break
1. Open Time
2. Games
7:00PM – 8:00PM Session E
Star Gazing/Movie View Details
7:00PM – 8:30PM Dinner
8:30PM Buses leave for accommodation
7:30AM – 8:30AM Breakfast
8:30AM - 9:30AM Community Meeting
9:30AM - 11:30AM Session A View Details
11:30AM – 12:00PM Break
Health Drink & Snack
12:00PM – 1:15PM Session B View Details
1:15PM – 2:15PM Lunch
2:15PM - 3:30PM Session C View Details
3.30PM - 4:30PM Session D View Details
4:30PM – 5:30PM Break
1. Open Time
2. Games
7:00PM – 8:00PM Session E
Star Gazing/Movie View Details
7:00PM – 8:30PM Dinner
8:30PM Buses leave for accommodation
7:30AM – 8:30AM Breakfast
8:30AM - 9:30AM Session A View Details
9:30AM - 11:00AM Closing Gathering
Clearing & Cleaning Goodbyes

Registration & Accommodation

Day visits for Local Students / Teachers is possible. The charges will be Rs.1,000 for Adults and Rs. 500 for Children - per day. This includes lunch and tea and entitles the participant to attend the conference throughout the day.

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Registration Fees
Early Bird Offer till 20th OCT, 2019
Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Mattress in the Hall
Adult ₹ 10,300 ₹ 8,500 ₹ 7,500
Children - ₹ 7,000 ₹ 5,000
International Participants USD 300
Day Pass Adults Children
₹ 1000 ₹ 500

Free Shuttle Services offered from accommodation to venue and venue to accommodation

Registration Fee includes accommodation, food and conference for four days

InDEC 2019 Venue

Our Team

Core Team

Amukta Mahapatra

  • Director, SchoolScape, Centre for Educators

Ashok Subramanian

  • NLP Training Professional

Pavithra Suresh

  • Faculty

  • IMTC - Elementary

Hemalatha Sashikumaar

  • Correspondent

  • The Westernghats International School

Dr. Sashikumaar

  • Chairman

  • The Westernghats International School

Finance Committee

Deepa Muralikrishna

  • Vel International School

S. Shri Shaunak

  • Age : 10

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 6th grade

Aravind Selvam S.R

  • Age : 16

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 10th grade

Nihal Ahamad K.N

  • Age : 10

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 5th grade

Anantharaman R

  • Director

  • Nino's Montessori School

  • Salem

Darunadithan

  • Age : 11

  • Samakaara academy

  • 6th grade

Aswath Jagadeesan B

  • D.O.B: 31.05.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • 8th grade

Sahishnu S

  • D.O.B: 27.02.07

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • 8th grade

Website Committee

Aaron Titus L

  • Age : 12

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 7th grade

Adhithya S

  • Age : 10

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 5th grade

Eeshan K.S

  • Age : 10

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 6th grade

Subhrujothi Das

  • D.O.B: 22.01.07

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Harish sunder M

  • D.O.B: 18.09.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Magibalan K

  • D.O.B: 17.10.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Pranvjith N S

  • D.O.B: 23.12.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Arisom Saha

  • D.O.B: 01.12.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Sharlina J

  • D.O.B: 20.01.85

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Teacher

Transport Committee

Midhun D.S

  • Age : 12

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 7th grade

Nishanth M

  • Age : 12

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 6th grade

Sugantha Kumar D.S

  • Age : 12

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 6th grade

Suresh Kumar S

  • Businessman

  • Coimbatore

Nesiga V V

  • D.O.B: 07.08.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Food Committee

Thanmaya S

  • Age : 10

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 5th grade

Nagaharini P

  • Age : 14

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 9th grade

Shonalika B

  • Age : 13

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 7th grade

Prakalya B.C

  • Age : 12

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 6th grade

Ilakkiyah P

  • Age : 12

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 6th grade

Shrinidhi P.G

  • Age : 12

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 6th grade

Amitha Sri P

  • Age : 12

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 6th grade

Narmathanayaki

  • Age : 44

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • Principal

Ezhilmathi

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 8th grade

Advika Meyappan

  • D.O.B: 15.11.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Shivani R

  • D.O.B: 05.09.07

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Suriya.A

  • D.O.B: 01.01.07

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Accommodation Committee

Heartlin Pareventh

  • Age : 12

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 7th grade

Aswin K

  • Age : 13

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 7th grade

Aswin Raj P

  • Age : 13

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 7th grade

Monish S

  • Age : 12

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • 6th grade

Geetha A

  • Age : 46

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • Teacher

Selvakumar S.D

  • Age : 49

  • Vidyarpana Home School

  • Correspondent

Lavaniya K

  • D.O.B: 27.05.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Sowjhanya R H

  • D.O.B: 19.03.07

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Charru Shri S P

  • D.O.B: 02.02.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Prakalya H

  • D.O.B: 16.11.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Jayalakshmi

  • D.O.B: 28.01.82

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Teacher

Manju Balaji

  • D.O.B: 26.10.1984

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Teacher

Medical/Safety Committee

Harish.L

  • Age : 11

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 6th grade

Nirvaan Ramkrishnan

  • Age : 11

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 6th grade

Dave Asher Martin

  • Age : 14

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 9th grade

Rithik Karthikeyan

  • Age : 11

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 6th grade

Asmitha Balaji

  • Age : 15

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 10th grade

Vedhika Balaji

  • Age : 12

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 7th grade

Sendura vendhan S G

  • D.O.B: 03.10.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Vishak Rahul R

  • D.O.B: 30.04.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Hemamalini.P.B

  • D.O.B: 30.11.77

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Teacher

Program Committee

Brinda Dorairaj

  • Age : 42

  • Samskaara Academy

Nivedhaa N

  • Age : 13

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 8th grade

Vikas K

  • Age : 10

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 5th grade

Sukash S

  • Age : 12

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 7th grade

Sajan Farhan P.M.S

  • Age : 14

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 9th grade

Siddhesvar

  • Age : 13

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 8th grade

Harshitha

  • Age : 15

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 10th grade

Samyuktha S. Samraj

  • Age : 14

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 10th grade

Aabin john P.A

  • Age : 14

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 10th grade

Dhiyana Shri A

  • Age : 14

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 10th grade

Sanjay Vikram S B

  • D.O.B: 26.05.03

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Documentation Committee

Varun Suraj

  • Age : 16

  • Stanes ICSE

  • 11th grade

Pranaov Sreedhar

  • Age : 14

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 9th grade

Shanthini S

  • Age : 29

  • Dishaa Montessori

  • Montessorian

Meenaakshi Sajit

  • Age : 13

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 8th grade

Nakshathra M

  • D.O.B: 20.10.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Menmathi S M

  • D.O.B: 17.01.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Venue Committee

Mithra R

  • Age : 12

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 5th grade

Rida Aimam A

  • Age : 11

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 6th grade

Amirtha varshini S

  • D.O.B: 23.02.07

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Sanjana.T

  • D.O.B: 17.01.05

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Ganga R

  • D.O.B: 22.06.77

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Teacher

Registration Committee

Navya Shree.S

  • Age : 13

  • Samskaara Academy

  • 9th grade

Lisha Jain

  • Age : 15

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 10th grade

Melodiga V

  • Age : 15

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 10th grade

Jasmin Joel J

  • Age : 11

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 6th grade

Christina Susan Boby

  • Age : 11

  • The Western Ghats International School

  • 6th grade

Prithika Sri.S

  • D.O.B: 07.03.07

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Harini Sree.C

  • D.O.B: 24.07.06

  • Little Kingdom Sr. Sec. School

  • Class: 8th

Travel Info

Nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport, Tamil Nadu (CJB). The venue is an hour away from the airport

Nearest Railway Station is Coimbatore Junction (CBE). The venue is an hour away from the Railway Station.

Bus numbers that ply from the Railway Station to the venue are 48, 96

If coming by road, after Coimbatore, take the National Highway NH 544 (Coimbatore – Palghat - Cochin)

Free Shuttle Services offered from

  • Ettimadai Bus Stop to the venue

  • From accommodation provided to the venue, Western Ghats International School


Weather

Weather is expected to be very pleasant during Nov-Dec in Coimbatore.

Light to Strong showers are expected occasionally.

The temperature may vary between 27 degrees Celsius during day and 22 degrees Celsius during night.

Host Schools for InDEC

The Western Ghats International School

Coimbatore to Palghat Highway(NH544), Near Amrita University, Ettimadai,
Coimbatore - 641112.

Phone: 090954 70007, 95783 70707

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Vidyarpana Home School

165 Part Maanthoppu, No.10 Muthur, Kinathukadavu, Tamil Nadu - 642109.

Phone: 097919 05363

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Vel International Public School

581/1-B, Kanuvai Post, KNG Pudur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu - 641108.

Phone: 0422 240 0949

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Samskaara Academy

Trichy Road, 271, Pattanam Itteri Road, Ondipudur, Coimbatore,
Tamil Nadu - 641016.

Phone: 094421 46362

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Little Kingdom Senior Secondary School

74/1D, Solipalayam, 15 Velampalayam, Iswarya Gate, Tiruppur,
Tamil Nadu - 641652.

Phone: 0421 225 5882

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Resources

International Day of Democracy: Bringing Democracy To Indian Classrooms

September 15, every year, is celebrated worldwide as the International Day of Democracy.

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What is democratic education and why do some activists believe Indian schools need an overhaul?

The rigid, formal system of education began 200 years ago - but is that really what children need?

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Mirror of democracy

There are elements of a functioning democracy which can be implemented in an educational institution or organisation, preferably after observing a Montessori class.

Read More

Holistic Education: Learning with Your Whole Being

Soil, Soul and Society - Holistic Education: Learning with Your Whole Being Public Talk by Satish Kumar

Read More

Frequently Asked Questions

The registration fee is for the full conference; irrespective of how many days you choose to participate. This is to encourage participants to stay as long as possible.

However day visits are allowed for local school students and teachers The cost details are in the registrations page.

Yes. It is possible. Please email us with the details and we can organise.

If it is a day earlier or a day later, extra costs will have to be incurred.

  • Please bring the confirmation mail of InDEC

  • If Indian citizen, please carry any of your Identification cards (AADHAR, Driving Licence, Passport…)

  • If Foreigner, please carry a copy of your passport and visa.

If you are unable to register through the website, please email your registration details to the website mail address or to SchoolScape2@gmail.com. We will forward you the payment details.

The accommodation, the food & the sessions are included in the conference registration price.

For those who register before 31st Oct, the Early bird price is applicable.

Beyond midnight Oct 31st, 2019 the Early Bird price will not be accepted.

Vegetarian and non-Vegetarian food options are available.

Children are part of the conference and can choose to attend sessions as per their interest and choice. They can offer presentations during the conference, planned earlier or spontaneously and put up in the open sections of the programme displayed at a central point. This is true for adults too.

Yes! You can bring your tents for accommodation in the ground of Western Ghats International School.

Every day a shuttle will be organised to the venue from the organised accommodation during the mornings and return trip after dinner in the evenings.

Please bring clothes for warm weather, an umbrella, a torch, mosquito repellent. A light shawl or stole, or a thick shirt may be needed if outdoors during the evenings or early mornings. Shoes for climbing and trekking would be useful.

Testimonial

"Just wanted to let you know that our conference had very diverse and interesting practice papers by different faculties on building relationships with students and their world. I used the Democratic process learnt at your conference. Put up time table for Faculty to choose presentation time. Had group feedback from all participants and not just a panel. This opened everyone to ease up and make their presentations more real. Thanks for introducing me to IDEC."

Lakshmi Hariharan
Srushti Degree College, Bangalore, India

Nearby Locations

Siruvani Waterfalls

Kovai Kondattam Amusement Park

112 Feet Adiyogi

VOC park and zoo

GD Naidu Museum

Anamalai Tiger Reserve

Maharaja Theme Park

Gass Forest Museum

Monkey Falls

Black Thunder

Ooty

Contact Info

Organising Members

1. Pavithra Suresh
+91 97900 10465 pavithraboostu@gmail.com


2. Amukta Mahapatra
+91 99012 28442
amukta.m@gmail.com


InDEC Conference Group Email:
contact@indecindia.org


Venue:

The Western Ghats International School,
Coimbatore to Palghat Highway(NH544),
Near Amrita University, Ettimadai,
Coimbatore-641112