IDEC 2009 KOREA
Tae Wook Ha has sent the following message:
IDEC 2009 KOREA will be held from August 1 - 8, 2009. PSAE (The People's Solidarity of Alternative Education), the nationwide network of democratic schools and learning centres, and KPAAE (Korean Parents' Association for Alternative Education) are the key organisations and young students from various democratic schools and homeschoolers are the main force in the organising committee. They are very excited at the idea of meeting people from all over the world, especially students from other democratic schools and homeschoolers, so they want to set up a lot of programs for the young people to enjoy.
Please let your young people know about this and come to Korea.
IDEC 2009 KOREA will be organised in three parts:
Part 1: Conference for people involved in democratic education, at Kangwon University in Chuncheon city, August 1 5.
Traditional IDEC programmes including speeches, workshops and events.
Chuncheon city is about 100 km east of Seoul, the capital city. The opening event will be held after dinner on August 1. We advise you to arrive at Incheon International Airport (the international airport nearest to Seoul). We are planning to arrange buses from Incheon International Airport to Kangwon University on the August 1, but you can take the direct limousine bus service from the airport to Chuncheon if you arrive outside our bus times.
If you want to arrive earlier than August 1, we can arrange home-stay and transport for you in a democratic school family, but early application will help us a lot to organise this.
Part 2: A peace and ecology program in the Demilitarized Zone, August 6 7.
Korea is the last place in the world which was divided into two countries by the US and USSR in the Cold War era after the second world war, and still remains divided, against the wishes of the Koreans. We still believe we can be unified like the West and East Germany, but nothing seems to be easy politically as you may see in the news.
The Demilitarized Zone is the most symbolic place to show the current situation
between South Korea and North Korea. It is also an important place environmentally as it has been largely untouched by humans and has kept its natural beauties.
At the last IDEC in Vancouver, Korean students from democratic schools reported their 48 day project walking along rivers in Korea. They got a great response from the international audience and were asked to have a taster session during IDEC 2009 KOREA.
I believe this program will give you a similar experience and impression.
Part 3: Alternatives in Education EXPO and Closing Festival in Seoul, August 8.
This will be a one-day EXPO to introduce Alternatives in Education to the Korean public.
The new conservative government is driving forward neo-liberal education
policies by introducing national-wide exams, performance tables and elite
schools. It is very important for us to let the Korean people know exam results and competition are not the only way in education and that there are various alternative ways of education. With you, our international friends, we can show them various schools and democratic ways of learning.
There will be also a great fun street festival as our closing event in Seoul. You will experience the endless all-night city.
We are negotiating with Korean airlines, Korean Air and Asiana Airline to get some discount for the international delegates and I hope this will be confirmed at the end of March. I will let you know right away as soon as I get a good news.
It is a very hard time economically in the world, so we are struggling to get
any grants but we are working hard to find ways to support those who are coming from countries with economic difficulties. If you need our support, please let me know.
Up to now I have been the only one in our organising committee able to communicate in English. Now I have more people who can help me to communicate with you, so please contact them through our official email: email@example.com
I will give you more details including Conference Fees, Airfare discounts and
so on shortly.
Tae Wook Ha
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