The International Democratic Education Conferences (IDECs) have been held every year since 1993, each time in a different country. They attract up to around 500 participants from more than thirty different countries, and usually last for a week.

Conferences are run by schools or other organisations, and are sometimes almost entirely organised by students. There is an emphasis on participation rather than formal lectures, and they are open to anyone interested in democratic education.


Conference fees and board and lodging are kept as low as possible. Travel is usually the most expensive item for participants.
Since 2010 regional conferences have also sprung up. These include EUDEC in Europe, ADEC in Australia and JDEC in Japan, among others.


IDEC 2017 (International Democratic Education Conference)

The 2017 IDEC will be in Israel, from March 28 - April 3.

Optional tours to democratic and innovative schools will take place on the 28th and 29th of March.


The 2018 IDEC will be held in India in conjunction with APDEC 2018.

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APDEC (Asia Pacific Democratic Education Conference)

August 1st to 5th 2017

The 2017 APDEC will be held in Tokyo


APDEC 2018 will be held in India in conjunction with IDEC 2018.

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AERO Conference (Alternative Education Resource Organisation)

The conference will be held in New York between August the 2nd and 7th 2017 ( )


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EUDEC Conference (European Democratic Education Community)

DATE CHANGED: This conference will be held in Paris on August 19th to 27th 2017.

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Here is the link to register :


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Contact details

Peter Foti
Veltlinerstrasse 1/30
2353 Austria



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