IDEC 2012 will take place in Puerto Rico and will run from March 23 to 31.
Participants should arrive on March 23 when there will be registration, some activities and open spaces during the day. March 24 to 28 will be for the actual conference. On the 29th there will be a celebration of the newly created Americas Regional Meeting. On March 29 to 31 there will be tours around Puerto Rico. Options will include the Esencia Vital retreat in the mountains, the history of the struggle for Peace in the island of Vieques, tourism in the main island and a visit to Paradise in the island of Culebra.
‘We have devised a great cultural program and already have been able to gather an impressive list of speakers,’ writes Justo Méndez Arámburu (firstname.lastname@example.org). ‘The Youth Forum, Juventud Estrella and our National Students Council are working to improve their organisational skills and broaden their international contacts. Please, let us receive all your wishes for your experience and stay in Puerto Rico. Also, any difficulty that you may confront to be able to share the wonderful experience we are working intensively to offer you.’
Justo’s list of speakers includes Yaacov Hecht, of the Institute for Democratic Education in Israel, Elizabeth Baker from the Patchwork School, Colorado, which is to host IDEC 2013, Jerry Mintz of AERO, Shilpa Jain from Shikshantar and Justo himself.
- Standard fee $500
- Younger than 24 and speakers at the conference $300
Special rate available until November 7:
- Standard fee $300
- Others $180
Conference fees include lunch, refreshments and dinner, but do not include lodging or breakfast. The hotels recommended on the website cost between $35 and $149 for bed and breakfast. There will be transport available to the conference site. Camping will also be possible. Details will be posted at http://idec2012.org .
If you are travelling from outside the USA you will need a visa.
Authoritarian Schooling website
In a talk at IDEC 2011 David Gribble described a website he had been planning which would catalogue the various kinds of damage done by authoritarian schooling. The site should be ready early in October at www.authoritarianschooling.co.uk.