Self Determined Learning:
Students in democratic schools and universities choose how to spend their time in school, pursue their interests and prepare themselves for their lives and chosen careers. Learning can take place in classrooms, just like in conventional schools. But there are many ways to learn outside of classrooms, such as independent study, Internet research, playing games, volunteering, doing projects, visiting museums, travel and discussions with friends and teachers. A community of Equality and Mutual Respect: The best setting for learning – or working or living, for that matter – is one in which our rights and opinions are respected.
Democratic schools have school meetings in which all members of the community have an equal vote, regardless of age or status. Students and teachers can sit together as equals to discuss and vote on school rules, curricula, projects, the hiring of staff and even budgetary matters. The result: tolerant, open-minded, responsible individuals who know how to express their opinions and listen to those of others; well-educated, active citizens for a modern democratic society.
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 pools this knowledge and shares it in the form of:
• a thriving, mutually supportive network of schools, universities, organisations and start-up groups.
• conferences, meetings and seminars.
• school partnerships and exchanges.
• opportunities to visit schools.
• online information about democratic education in theory and practice.
One of the things that makes this organisation so unique is the active role played by school students at all levels: e.g. as individual members, on the EUDEC Council, in conference-planning, in the organisation of programmes etc.
About 60,000 people and 60 groups from 29 countries, including:
more than 58,000 school students.
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.
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...
Any member, from any country and of any age, who is in good standing and has been a member for more than two months, can run for a seat on the Council. Council meets on a regular basis. There are 3 live-meetings per year and weekly meetings via Skype. Every EUDEC member may join those meetings. The last full Council elections took place at the AGM 2013. During the AGM 2014 by-elections took place. The current members of the EUDEC Council in alphabetical order are: Insert Photos and blurb Coordinator In March 2014 EUDEC employed a coordinator, Chloe Duff. Chloe works on various projects and handles some of the everyday tasks that were the responsibility of the council in previous years. Chloe participates in all Council Live Meetings and Skype Meetings. Projects currently being worked on by Chloe are fundraising, a networking database and creating a conference organising handbook as well as keeping in contact with members and friends from inside and outside Europe. Insert Photo
• 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...
• To facilitate exchange of information between democratic schools in Europe and create connections between schools for cooperation and mutual learning.
• To provide information and outreach programs for colleges and training institutes to give future teachers a practical understanding of the basics of democratic education and what it can mean for teachers, pupils, educational environments, and democratic states
• Get connected – meet people involved in democratic education all over the world through EUDEC events and our networking database (insert link to events page and 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...
• Want to find a school or start-up? we can help you find out if there is democratic education in your area and if not, give you advise on how to get something started.
• Are you a student or staff member at a democratic school? If so, consider joining EUDEC. When your school becomes a member of EUDEC your students can receive a EUDEC Diploma so you can showcase your unique schooling experience for university future employer.
• Student Exchange Programme – Join our student exchange programme to visit democratic schools all over Europe and host students at your school.
• Media – find recommendations of books, films and articles about democratic education.
• Learn and Discuss – Get involved in our blog and read carefully selected articles, stories and have your say - learn, share, discuss and come up with creative solutions.
In a public database
Welcome to EUDEC’s International Democratic Education Networking Database
Here you can use the map to find democratic schools (red), start-up groups (purple) and individuals (lite blue) connected to democratic education from across the world. You will also find contacts of organisations (pink), details of alumni (green) of democratic schools and people part of the couch surfing project (orange). We hope you enjoy searching the database and find what you are looking for. If you have a project, schools or would personally like to add or update the database please send us a message.
If you are interested in volunteering for EUDEC please send us a message. Let us know what skills and areas of interest you have and the Coordinator and Council can work with you to find existing projects to get involved with. If you have an idea for a new project, campaign or anything you would like to get started to support democratic education then please let us know and we will do what we can to support getting it started.