India Democratic Education Conference

India is a democratic nation, and for the nation to remain and grow genuinely democratic, all of its constituent parts must also be democratic. Instead of forcing people to attend with predetermined definitions and restrictions, the Conference aims to bring people together to live, learn, and contribute. The intention is to give every child and adult the opportunity to engage with democracy, experience a supportive and dignified environment, and act with greater autonomy and accountability.

The India Democratic Education Conference (InDEC) aims to create a space for all stakeholders (children, educators, parents, and policy makers) to come together and interact and share our ideas and aspirations with respect to education in India. In line with holistic education practices, the InDEC spaces are mindfully designed to be inclusive and safe for children and welcoming of all pedagogies (conventional schools, alternative schools, Montessori, or Waldorf). A participant in the conference can choose to attend formal sessions, interact with other participants over a cup of tea or learn a skill through workshop.

A brief history

In 2018, the 3rd APDEC and the 1st InDEC were held in Bangalore alongside the 25th IDEC. There were roughly 250 adults, several young people, and 150 children among the 20 nations represented among the participants. It was an observance of democracy as a normal aspect of daily life. The need to investigate, ponder, resolve, and discover methods and approaches for living and learning in a humane manner for the progeny that will inherit our species and for future generations may be what draws everyone to this arena.

The 2nd India Democratic Education Conference was held from Thu 28th Nov to Sun 1st Dec, 2019 at the Western Ghats International School, Ettimadai, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.

The 3rd India Democratic Education Conference was held as part of Web IDEC 2020 from Nepal, as a conference within a conference.

Date: Friday, 6th November 2020

About 40 presentations, on three channels, in one single day, with a few spilling over into adjacent days, were shared.

Who all can come to InDEC?