What is Democratic Education?

Why do schools in democratic states have to be undemocratic and hierarchical? They don’t.
Educational science has proven: the best way to learn is by following our own curiosity and interests. In democratic schools and universities, this is just what happens. Free, self-motivated learning. Natural curiosity is not smothered, but nurtured. The result: motivated, innovative, lifelong learners.

There are two pillars of democratic education:

• Self-determined learning.
• A learning community based on equality and mutual respect.


What is EUDEC

EUDEC is a non-profit organisation that promotes democratic education as a sensible educational model for all democratic states. Its members are individuals, schools and institutions throughout Europe with decades of experience in democratic education. Read more...


EUDEC Currently Represents:

About 60,000 people and 60 groups from 29 countries, including: more than 58,000 school students.
43 schools.
24 school start-up groups.
3 other organisations: the German National Association of Free Alternative Schools (BFAS), UK-based Phoenix Education Trust and the Swiss Union of Student Organisations (USO). And almost 200 individual members.


Staff and Council:

The EUDEC Council is a group of seven volunteers who along with the Coordinator, manage the organisation’s business and representative tasks. Every year EUDEC members meet for the EUDEC AGM and every second year the members elect the Council. Read more...


EUDEC’s Aims:

• To support all forms of democratic education throughout Europe.
• To promote democratic education as a sensible educational model for all democratic states.
• To establish, in legislation, the right to found and attend democratic schools and to provide aid and support to democratic schools and start-up groups. Read more...


What EUDEC Can Do For You:

• Get connected – meet people involved in democratic education all over the world through EUDEC events and our networking database.
• Support for school start-ups – we can get you in touch with people who have started schools for advice and information. Read more...

Our International Network

In a public database

Welcome to EUDEC’s International Democratic Education Networking Database

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If you have a project, school or would personally like to add to or update the database please send us a message.


Get involved

Become a member of EUDEC
Join in on one of our Monthly New Member Skype Chat
Attend the annual EUDEC Conference
Attend a weekly Council Skype meeting
Becoming part of the Extended Council Mailing List
Becoming part of a specific interest group or Work Group
Meet EUDEC members in your area and attend local democratic education events through our Regional Groups
Start your own project which we will be happy to help you with.
Join the EUDEC People Facebook Group

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