IDEC 2009 KOREA
August 1 -August 8, 2009 (departure on August 9 after breakfast)
Empathy and Connection, at Kangwon National University in Chuncheon city, August 1~5.
* Opening ceremony after dinner on August 1.
* Sharing of ideas through lectures, workshops, seminars and discussions.
* Social events including sports, arts & crafts, musical events and performances
One-day tour: August 6.
* Visiting alternative schools around the country
* DMZ (De-militarised zone) peace and ecology events (on the border between North and South Korea)
* Arriving Seoul after the tour
Alternatives in Education EXPO and closing festival, University of Seoul in Seoul city, August 7-8.
* Democratic education world festival
* Public lectures
* Democratic education demonstrations, exhibitions and interactions
* Sharing the experience of democratic education
* Experience contemporary, everyday Korean culture: shopping, food, sightseeing and more.
* Closing ceremony
* Departure on August 9
Fees and registration
Conference fee including meals and accommodation: Adults 250US$ / Youth - 200US$
Please apply on (broken link removed)
Additional information from the organisers
Young people are central to IDEC 2009 Korea. We really welcome young students and a encourage you to take part in the big event, IDEC 2009 KOREA.
If you arrive in Korea before August 1st , you can enjoy staying in a Korean family, introduced by one of the IDEC guiders.
If you need an official invitation for a visa application please let us know. You will have to send us your full name, address, nationality and passport number.
We can arrange to pick you up at the airport.
We can arrange for you to travel in Korea after the conference, guided by the local alternative schools
Financial support for the participants from schools of the third world is possible. Please contact us for more details.
Negotiation with airlines has not gone well so far but we are still trying to make some discount arrangement.
The IDEC 2009 Korea website is at (broken link removed) and (broken link removed)
* If you have any questions or suggestions about IDEC 2009 KOREA please contact email@example.com
IDEC Official Website: (broken link removed)
As discussed at the IDEC last year in Vancouver, IDEC Korea has bought a domain name and server space for the official IDEC website. All the 'idec' domains were already taken, so IDEC Korea has bought e-idec, which gives easy access for the non-native English speakers. The management will be passed on to the next organizing group after this year's IDEC. All past IDEC organisers should move their old websites to this space, so that we don't lose valuable archives. If you need technical support to get access to the server, please contact our webmaster Janggoon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Australasian Association for Progressive and Alternative Education (AAPAE) held its 2009
Conference from Wednesday 15th Friday 17th April 2009 at Tamariki, in Christchurch, New Zealand. A special aspect of the gathering was the significant place of Maori values, language and culture.
About 30 people attended, coming from from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Holland (two students visiting Currambena) and both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. They visited Discovery1 and Unlimited, two Christchurch state schools which are responding to the call for education to be more in the hands of the learner.
http://www.discovery1.school.nz and http://www.unlimited.school.nz
Alison Brizzell described Tamariki¹s use of Learning Stories, personal records of "Aha!" moments, which have been accepted by the New Zealand Ministry of Education as a means of assessment. There is some fear that the new government¹s mandatory testing may change this, but also hope that Australian state governments may be persuaded to accept the idea.
A full report of the conference will soon be available at www.aapae.edu.au
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