The International Democratic Education Conference is a coming together of individuals and organisations of educators, parents and young people interested in finding and creating paths of learning in line with children’s own natural ways of living and learning.

It is not an organisation; but more of a community keeping in touch through a few common e-lists. Every year, the Conference is held in a different country and rotated round the continents, to make it easier for those in that region to attend.

The conference gives an experience to the participants as to what a democratic culture could be. Nobody is pushed into seminars or activities; it is for each participant to choose how to participate in the conference. It is a supportive, nourishing, challenging environment for those searching for meaningful ways to live and support young people.

It is held together by the host organisation for that year and passed on to the next year’s host school or organisation. Usually, the keynote speakers are scheduled in one time slot of the day; then there are workshops that participants may announce before or even during the conference. The format of the conference was designed by students at the second I D E Conference, in the U.K (the first one in 1993 being held in Israel, where it was named the democratic conference) to be for about ten days; with structured and unstructured time spread out through the day.

Visits to schools and programmes in the country; tours to other parts of the country are done before, during or after the conference. In 2018, the IDEC is being clubbed with the newly formed Asia Pacific Democratic Conference, which will be in its third year. So, IDEC@APDEC 2018 is announced by InDEC, with its first gathering to be held from Fri 7th to Sun 9th , July 2017, in Bangalore, to work towards the conference and its own goals for India.

History of democratic culture (in India)

History Of Democratic Culture Nivedita Ram I will be talking today about the history of democratic culture in India and how it has shaped or influenced our present system of education and therefore our lives. I will be describing: – the traditional schools and how they were maintained just before and during the time of …

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Working Group

These are the people behind the organising of the InDEC 2017.

Amukta Mahapatra

Director, SchoolScape, centre for educators, Independent Consultant, Promotes learning for life and life for learning

Amukta is the convenor of the InDEC 2017.

She has worked with small schools, NGO-led education programmes, large-scale government interventions in the domains of professional development of all cadres of educators and administrators, baseline studies, assessment of children and evaluation; in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and across the country. She is interested in crafts, indigenous knowledge and practices, wildlife & nature. She currently lives in Bangalore.

Nivedita Ram

Consultant, English language enrichment, Sishugriha Montessori and High School, Bangalore

Nivedita is a part of the editorial team for IDEC 2018. She spoke about the history of democratic culture in India at InDEC 2017 held in Bangalore.

Nivedita is a consultant for English language enrichment at Sishugriha Montessori and High School, Bangalore. She creates curriculum for the primary school as part of reading and book discussion activities in the Reading Room. She also teaches English online and is looking for new ways to facilitate language learning outside the school environment.
She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and has worked with the M.S.Swaminathan Research Foundation in Chennai on mangrove conservation. She is interested in the sustainable, zero waste lifestyle.

Aditi Aparajeeta

Senior Mentor, Language and Learning Foundation, New Delhi

Trained in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, Aditi’s special focus has been on Language Learning and Literacy development in the early grades. Her work areas include School Readiness, Early childhood care and Education, Critical Pedagogy, Classroom processes, Learning Environments, Student Learning, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Community and Stakeholder Engagement, Quality Education Outcomes and Education delivery, Assessments, Child Rights and Child- friendly schools. She is currently implementing a Distance learning programme for Teachers and Teacher Educators to design and put into practice early grade reading programmes.

Ankita Rajasekharan

Teacher, Shriram Montessori

Ankita helps with Logistics & Documentation.

An enthusiast of birds, rainbows & the hills, Ankita is currently working with children (6 to 13 year olds) in the area of art & language.

Prem Kumar Aparanji

Technologist, Child Learning & Development Promoter, Wildlife Conservationist

Prem helps manage the website & social media presence for InDEC.

He is based out of Hosur, Tamil Nadu, and helps his wife runs Vismaya Montessori House of Children and Indian Montessori Training Courses – Hosur in addition to being a managing committee member of Kenneth Andersen Nature Society, an NGO concerned with wildlife conservation in Melagiris and earning his bread and butter in the Indian IT industry.



The News Minute on InDEC 2017 @ ECC, Whitefield

http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/what-democratic-education-and-why-do-some-activists-believe-indian-schools-need-overhaul Monalisa Das of The News Minute wrote a feature on the first ever India Democratic Education Conference held 7-9th July 2017 in ECC, Whitefield, with an overview on what is Democratic Education, what is India’s need for it and how a group of concerned educators came together to chalk out an action plan.


You can mail us your queries at info@indec.net.in or our organisers at SchoolScape2@gmail.com

You can also call us at +91.9901228442 and +91.9742879135 if you prefer to speak with the organizers.