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The Western Ghats International School at Ettimadai   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Making education a democratic space is the thrust of the India Democratic Education Conference 2019 (InDEC) to be held in the city shortly.

S. Sashikumaar, chairman of the Western Ghats International School in Ettimadai, that is hosting the event says, “Our green campus is the venue for the four-day conference. We believe in a democratic style of schooling where the students are given both freedom and responsibility. It is they who lay down the rules and take charge of every event at the campus.”

From India Democratic Education Conference 2018

From India Democratic Education Conference 2018   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Reiterating that, Amukta Mahapatra, Director School Scape, Centre for Educators, adds, “Children are also in charge of finance, transport, medical services, accommodation and more. The way they conduct themselves and take on the responsibilities is amazing.”

InDEC brings together educators who are invested in creating appropriate learning spaces for children. “Educators from across India will be here to share their experiences. Members of forums like homeschooling, unschooling, and coschooling will share their perspectives on alternative methods of education as well as the students who have taken to new methods of learning,” explains Sashikumaar. There will be sessions by child psychologists as well. “The objective is to glorify democratic education that is primarily child-centric and not teacher or adult centric.”

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  • The IDEC—International Democratic Education Conference — celebrated its 25th edition in Bengaluru last year.
  • Regional offshoots were started to reach out to more people. EUDEC was started for Europe; APDEC for Asia-Pacific countries, and InDEC for India.
  • InDEC 2019 will be held at the The Western Ghats International School (Coimbatore to Palakkad Highway- NH544), Near Amrita University, Ettimadai
  • From November 28 to December 1
  • To register and to know more, visit

As many as 50 entries have been received from Mumbai and 40 from Kerala. There are entries from Uttranchal as well. According to Amukta, there is a spectrum of programmes that the participants can choose to attend. “The details are updated on the programme board every day. People are free to choose where to go. Everything is up to the individuals. They can sit on the grass and eat or try their hand at pottery, painting, kolam, or theatre...” she says.

Yaacov Hecht, a pioneer in democratic education and the founder of International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) will speak through a video conference.

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