About the conference
All the information you need to know before going to the conference is here
The conference will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal from the 15th to the 20th of October. The Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir will be the exact place where the conference will be. It is an ashram (a community). We invite you to experience the Himalayas by participating in Himalayan IDEC from 20th October to 23rd October.
What is IDEC ?
The International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC) is organized every year by schools and organizations in different countries. A few hundred to a thousand people from different backgrounds, including students, come together to discuss, learn, and share their ideas and experiences about Education. The participants’ diversity, coming from 50 to 70 countries, is one of the most enjoyed features of the conference.
The first IDEC took place in 1993 in Israel, and since then, it has been in about 15 different countries on various continents. IDEC 2023 schedule to take place in Kathmandu, Nepal, hosted by Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir.
What is Special about IDEC 2023
People ask about the core values of Democratic Education; and its often a cumbersome task because it is an ever evolving experience. IDEC is not a conventional conference, where you go to learn or to deliver a talk but it is more about an experience than building an idea. IDEC 2023 is happening in a unique Nepalese cultural sphere. You will spend five days in the suburb of Kathmandu at the foothills of amazing mountains with the 180 degree panoramic view of the Himalayas. You will be welcomed into a space organized by a community that strongly relishes mutual co-operation, collective contribution and personal growth. We are inspired by the synthesis of materialistic perfection, social responsibility and spiritual awakening. You will experience the real sense of Sanskrit Phrase, “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which means: the whole world is one family.
We help you to combine the conference with your desire to explore the Himalayas and really discover what life is like in some of the untouched corner of the world.
What is Open Space?
The Open Space allows everyone who wishes to do so to offer, in complete autonomy, various activities:workshops, games, forums, round tables, courses, talks, shows, concerts, etc. It is open to all children, young people, parents, trainers, teachers, and professionals.
We welcome you all to share your experience, organize workshops, games, roundtables, talks, and witness educational solutions for a better world.
Himalayan IDEC Trek
Beyond the Conference – A sweet dessert of IDEC 2023
You have come a long way to be part of the conference to this small yet geographically diverse and culturally rich country Nepal. We think that it is a great opportunity for you to combine the conference with a fantastic trek along the crests of the mountains with the beautiful view of the gigantic Himalayas, and traditional villages. We invite you to experience raw Nepali lifestyle through all five senses and extend your imagination beyond. We are also inviting some amazing Speakers, local and international, to serve you a sweet dessert for your body and soul at the end of IDEC 2023.
What about you?
- Workshops on Diverse Topics
- Student Circle and Networking
- Cultural Exchange and Witnessing an alternative notion of life.
- Spontaneous student conferences (Student Space)
- Games and Fun Corner
- Hikes and Trekkings
- Challenging your comfort zone and growing out of current boundary.
- Student oriented talks
- Discovering different aspects of Development- Beyond the physical, mental and intellectual
- Demands of the modern times for mental and psychological wellbeing – Spirituality, Meditation, and other techniques