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Keynote Speakers

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Web IDEC was free access for all: 50 conferences from around the world, with speakers of international renown and others less well known.
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Kageki Asakura

Kageki ASAKURA - Web IDEC 2020

Sheeba Nair & Sanjiv Shah

Sheeba NAIR and Sanjiv SHAH

Ramchandra Das

Ramchandra Das

Dr. Alok Pandey


Yaacov Hecht


John Tan

John Tan

Nuwan Dissanayaka

Sri Lanka
Nuwan Dissanayaka

Joseph Rathinam

Joseph Rathinam

Swarnalakshmi Ravi

Swarnalakshmi Ravi

Vedananda Pandeya

Vedananda Pandeya

Vishnu Bhusal

Vishnu Bhusal

SAYM Students

SAYM Students

Chintamani Yogi

Chantamani Yogi

Amukta Mahapatra

Amukta Mahapatra

Adler Yang

Adler Yang

Maurice Shukla

Maurice Shukla

Kageki Asakura – JapanReturn row 1 Speakers

Kageki Asakura – Japan

Conference in English

Kageki AsakuraEducator, Author, Researcher
He is the founder and dean of the world’s first democratic university, Shure University.

He has worked in Japan’s oldest free democratic school and has been an active member of IDEC for 20 years,

His research in democratic education, history of education and ethnography of youth has led him to visit schools around the world. He works to network free democratic schools internationally.

Asakura is also an eminent specialist in “Self-Ology”, a study of the self and by the self.

Conference :

The possibilities of democratic university


Sheeba Nair & Sanjiv Shah – IndiaReturn row 1 Speakers

Sheeba Nair & Sanjiv Shah – India

Conference in English

Sanjiv Shah & Sheeba NairSanjiv Shah
Founder “Oasis Movement”. Writer of 80+ books on Self-development, over a million copies sold.
Designer of Courses, Workshops and Camps on Character-building, Facilitator of Leadership Development Programs. Counsellor, Special interest in Teenagers & Youths.
For Sanjiv, enjoying every moment of life while contributing our best to helping fellow earth-beings to also live meaningfully, is the best way to live.

Sheeba Nair
Trustee and Founding Member of Oasis.
Lead Facilitator of Educational programs & Guide for Magic of Democracy in a Week Project Synergist, National & International Partnerships for Positive Change.
Has conducted more than 500 hundred workshops for diverse adult and young, urban and rural communities, across India, and select cities in US and Europe.
For Sheeba, learning to Love is the best way to bring out excellence in oneself and those around us. She deeply believes in the inherent goodness and potential in every human being, especially children.

Conference :

Further Ahead on Democratic Education

The Past, Present and Future of Democratic Education


Ramchandra Das – NepalRetour ligne 1 Conférenciers

Ramchandra Das – Nepal

Conference in English

Ramchandra DasYogi, Founder of Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir (SAYM).

More than 45 years ago, at the age of 12, he left everything: his family, his village, his mountains and his country. He left on foot, without saying anything, with a few young men to go to India. There, he told himself that he could earn money. He wanted to help his parents and his family. From adventure to adventure, he became a soldier at 12 and a half, then a beggar monk at 15, and a yogi at 21.

Back after 20 years in his homeland, he founded SAYM and a first ashram-school. The community – 2 ashram schools and 1 ashram hermitage – welcomes children from the most disadvantaged areas of Nepal free of charge, from kindergarten to university and beyond. It develops a holistic education based on integral yoga, the joy of serving and working for others, the community and the world.

Each child, at his or her own pace, gradually discovers what drives him or her and what he or she wishes to dedicate his or her life to.

Conference :

My Journey of Integral Education

A lecture, like an extraordinary tale. An extraordinary life and work dedicated to the good of the children of Nepal, to integral education and to the joy of living.


Dr Alok Pandey – IndiaRetour ligne 1 Conférenciers

Dr Alok Pandey – India

Conference in English

Alok PandeyPsychiatrist, Philosopher, Researcher and Lecturer in integral education based on the philosophy of Mother and Sri Aurobindo.

He had several encounters with death during his medical practice. A philosopher of temperament, he raised many questions and sought answers to them, both internally and externally. It was finally only by coming into contact with Sri Aurobindo and The Mother that he found the answers that quenched the thirst of his soul.
He is currently associated with the Sri Aurobindo International Institute for Integral Health and Research in Pondicherry, an institute dedicated to Sri Aurobindo’s work and vision in the field of health. He has been the editor-in-chief of NAMAH, a journal dedicated to the cause of an integral approach to psychology, health and medicine, since its inception in April 1993. Author of books such as “Death”, “Dying and Beyond”, “Patients at the Crossroads” and “Veda of the Body”, his articles have been published in various reputable journals. An eloquent speaker, he has conducted workshops in India and abroad on yoga, education, health and psychology.

Conference :

A New Education for a New Consciousness


Yaacov Hecht – IsraelRetour ligne 2 Conférenciers

Yaacov Hecht – Israel

Conference in English

Yaakov HetchEducator, Pioneer of Democratic Education.

In 1987, he founded the first so-called democratic school in the world. Subsequently, he contributed to the foundation of some thirty democratic schools in Israel.

In 1993, he organized the first IDEC in Hadera – International Conference on Democratic Education which led to the emergence of hundreds of democratic schools worldwide.
Soon after, Yaakov Hecht founded the Institute for Democratic Education in Israel (IDE), and within it, the academic faculty for ED teachers.
His book “Democratic Education: A Beginning of a Story”, which has been translated into English, Portuguese and Bulgarian, is a source of inspiration for educators and entrepreneurs around the world.

In 2010, Hecht founded “Education Cities – the Art of Collaborations”, an organization that promotes collaboration and networking in classrooms, schools, cities, rural areas and around the world.

Conference :

Democratic Education and the great Covid-19 opportunity

“In a rapidly changing world” – these are the words that usually open any talk about ground-breaking education. Well, here comes Covid-19 and teaches us about rapid changes. So rapid that almost all known frames are gone over night. This talk will deal with the advantages of Democratic Education when dealing with the Korona age, and about how can we actually turn this into a great opportunity to do a quantic jump into the future.


John Tan  – SingaporeRetour ligne 2 Conférenciers

John Tan – Singapore

Conference in English

John TanEducator, Founder of Saturday Kids, CEO of Doyobi, Tech Investor

Having witnessed the possibilities technology affords, John decided kids shouldn’t wait ’til college to learn to code. That’s when he founded Saturday Kids in 2012. What started as a coding school for kids eventually evolved into a curiosity school whose mission is to inspire every child to be a curious, self-directed learner.

In 2020, John founded Doyobi – an edtech startup that helps kids become original thinkers and develop a sense of purpose. Saturday Kids runs Code In The Community, a Google and government supported initiative that is the largest free coding programme in Singapore.

He is also an investor in tech startups, in particular startups reimagining the future of work and education such as Padlet, Galileo and Beanstalk.

John is also an Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Leader.

Conference :

Learning through creation and play


Nuwan Dissanayaka – Sri LankaRetour ligne 2 Conférenciers

Nuwan Dissanayaka – Sri Lanka

Conference in English

Nuwan DissanayakaNuwan Dissanayaka is a renowned educationist in the field of innovative education. By profession he is a teacher as well as school administrator. His teaching and learning concept “Feel and Learn” got recognized as the best educational research at The World Conference on Education 2017. He is the one who introduce the concept of “Most Innovative Teacher” Award for Sri Lanka, which was then replicated by many schools around the country as well as around the world. Moreover, He is the founder of “A Sri Lankan Dreams” an independent education movement which organizes workshops around the country catering both students and teachers with international standards. For these initiatives he was awarded with Gold award for Service of Excellence in Sri Lanka for year 2019.
Mr. Dissanayaka is also the founder of “VOICE” concept which is an international event where students around the world is given an opportunity raise their voice directly to education policy makers in order to create a Democratic environment in the field of education. Moreover, He is the founder of Sri Lankan Democratic Education movement. For these initiatives he was awarded with “Global Teacher Award” in 2019.
When it comes to field of educational administration he works as a lecturer of Education at a Governmental Institute as well as he provides educational consultancy services for many leading school networks around the country as well as around the world.
Furthermore, in 2020 he introduced “CHEMPLAY” product series which will cater activity-based learning with in the class room and it was recognized at GESS education awards for best initiative for inclusion and wellbeing. Moreover, He is the author of “Educate The Child To Make Tomorrow Brighter Than Today”.


Disrupt Asia

In this session we are going to discuss how to introduce concepts in democratic education in to Asian education system which follow highly structured formal education. You will also experience successful practical approaches done by Sri Lankan Dreams and its’ results how we can replicate it in another Asian country with the same type of system.


Joseph Rathinam – IndiaReturn row 2 Speakers

Joseph Rathinam – India

Conference in English

Joseph RathinamTrainer, Life coach, Expert in neighbourhood Children, Youth and Adult Parliaments

Professional in mass media communication, he has spent the last 27 years promoting neighborocracy, an alternative system of inclusive governance. He is the director of International Coordinations and Networking of Neighborocracy, a network of 400,000 Neighbourhood Parliaments that has been building for over 20 years and now has national level representation.

Author of two books and editor and publisher of a monthly magazine on Neighborocracy, he has trained thousands of field organisers, parents and and teachers all over the world. He has conducted hundreds of training sessions to thousands of children all over India.

He is the founder of JoyLife practices.

Conference :

Holistic Education for Today

IQ alone does not design the destiny of a child. There are other quotients which are required fo the holistic development of a child. What is to be a successful child? How democratic education fills this vacuum? How democratic education can be dynamic and successful if children parliaments concept is integrated in this education system? What is Children Parliaments and how they function?

Swarnalakshmi Ravi – IndiaReturn row 3 Speakers

Swarnalakshmi Ravi – India

Conference in English

Swarnalakshmi RaviInterested in opportunities in Research & Development in the following sectors: humanitarian, inter-government & governmental, multi-national private sector.
A recognized fast learner and innovative thinker, originally from Southern India, about to complete an M.A in International Relations and Global Governance at Aston University, Birmingham, England, where received one of ten scholarships for academic excellence from over 1000 applicants. She is the first person from India ever to receive one of these prestigious International Vice Chancellor scholarships. A highly skilled researcher who enjoys analyzing and interpreting data and using well-developed critical & analytical thinking to prepare well-written reports. An excellent communicator with experience of working both alone, within multi-national teams and governmental organizations. Comfortable with presenting stories and solutions to any audience. An established motivational public speaker on issues such as Equality, Women’s Rights, Violence against Children, Inclusive Education, Poverty, UN SDG & MDG, Sociocracy, Neighbourocracy, and Children’s Parliament. Addressed numerous school and college students on various occasions to motivate them and to help them establish Inclusive Neighbourhood Children’s Parliaments.

Represented India as a keynote speaker at the United Nations four times, three times in New York and once in Geneva at the ages of 13, 14, 16 and 17 for the following causes, concepts and themes:
Prevention of Violence Against Women & Girls” in the 57th Session of the Commission on the status of Women.
Inclusive & Quality Education for Children with Disabilities based on Millennium Development Goals
How to practice inclusion and create a barrier-free world for people with disabilities focusing on Sustainable Development Goals.
Creating a manifesto on recommendations for children with disabilities, in the process of the UNICEF Universal Periodic Review with the plenipotentiaries.

Experienced at team building and motivation through 10 years working within the Children’s Parliament movement as the National Child Prime Minister for India and currently the convener of the Global Youth Council. An excellent networker and diplomat who utilizes resources efficiently to bring the development of projects and ideas to fruition.

Deeply interested in new forms of grassroots governance that can mutually enhance the effectiveness of today’s learning spaces.

Conference :

Helping children create their own learning spaces by themselves

A transformative and synergistic approach through Inclusive Neighbourhood Children’s Parliaments that uses sociocracy

Children and young people today are in an education system designed by adults.

Though the present education system itself teaches children their right to have a voice in the policymaking processes according to articles 12,13 and 15 of the UNCRC, they do not provide a platform for children even to make decisions on their own and create their own learning spaces.

But, introducing the Inclusive Neighbourhood Children’s Parliaments functioning under sociocracy, could enable children to create their own learning spaces by themselves through transformative and synergistic approach.

It will allow children and their adult mentors like the teachers, parents and others to collaborate rather to compete with each other.

Thus, under this topic, I will be addressing the question of “how to help children create their own learning spaces by themselves through ensuring the transformative and synergistic approach combining a federated system of Inclusive Neighbourhood Children’s Parliaments and a governance method of sociocracy”.

Vedananda Pandeya – NepalReturn row 3 Speakers

Vedananda Pandeya – Nepal

Conference in English

Vedananda PandeyaPrincipal and Teacher of the Matri Aurobindo Vidyalaya, the schools of the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, Kathmandu

Veda grew up in Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir. After completing his studies, he started working as the Principal of Sri Matri Aurobindo Vidyalaya since he was 24 years old.
He didn’t attend a formal school till he was 12.
He started teaching his juniors in his school at the age of 12. He attended his first IDEC in NY, Albany in 2003 where he enjoyed the food and the American city more than the talks.

What he really enjoys more than academic achievement is finding different educational approaches to help the young generation to become lifelong learners. He spends most of his time with young students, enjoys playing guitar & tabla, and hosts various international educational events.

Conference :

Integral Education in the light of Sri Aurobindo

Integral Education is an approach that focuses on the development of five elements of human life. The physical, vital, mental, psychic, and spiritual. Integral education lays out the importance of building simultaneous development of Knowledge, Will, Harmony, and Skills to extent possible from the earliest stages of education. 
In the talk we will cover the five elements mentioned above and explore how we can create an environment in the schools facilitate their growth and enhancement. We will also cover three principles of teaching
• Nothing can be taught 
• Let the mind expand itself
• To work from near to the far 

Vishnu Bhusal – NepalReturn row 3 Speakers

Vishnu Bhusal – Nepal

Conference in English

Vishnu BhusalTeacher of the Matri Aurobindo Vidyalaya, the schools of the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, Kathmandu

Conference :

Wheel of Life

Integral Education

SAYM’s Students – NepalReturn row 3 Speakers

Vedananda Pandeya – Nepal

Conference in English

SAYM StudentsSandesh Ghimire, Karishma Bhusal, Sapana Mahaseth, Tirtha Niraula, Bima Acharya & Sharmila Bhusal, are students of the Matri Aurobindo Vidyalaya, the schools of the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, Kathmandu

Conference :

Elements of Democratic Education

We are a group of young students. We will present our views on Democratic Education. So far, it feels like the adults have made up their minds about what democratic education is. We have a feeling that democratic education for us will not make much sense for adults, but maybe this could be where we can start! We will try to list out some elements we feel are important as students that should be included in any educational setting. Find out if we really give a damn about your Education!

Chintamani Yogi – NepalReturn row 4 Speakers

Chintamani Yogi – Nepal

Conference in English

Chantamani YogiDr C.M. Yogi is a great scholar of Nepal; he is a thinker, a philosopher, a spiritual master, an educationist and a peace activist.

He has founded several organizations in Nepal. In particular, he is a founding principal of “Hindu VidyaPeeth School” movement consisting of 3 schools supporting underprivileged and orphaned children to receive values/ethics based education on a non profit basis. The children are encouraged to develop human virtues such as peace, harmony and love. He also established ‘Shanti Sewa Ashram’  – Peace Service Centre – whose objectives are : “To promote peace and spirituality at every level of society; to help the poor and disadvantaged children, women, senior citizens. In addition, he founded ‘”Youth Society for Peace”‘ aiming to support young people in understanding the values of peace, tolerance and selfless service; and to involve them for the peace clubs, street-children food program etc.

Similarly, he runs various other community based programs – “Children’s Peace Home“, an orphanage in Dang ,western part of Nepal; Children Study Club, Women’s Education/Training Program and “Nepal Interfaith Movement” etc to reform society in totality. He is a chief patron of “Naimisharanya Gurukul- Banepa” and Bankhandi Gurukul- Saptari. He is a guest lecturer of ”Conflict, Peace and Development Study” at the Tribhuvan University and “Values Based Education and Personal Transformation” at the Kathmandu University. Also, he is known widely as a motivational speaker among the Rotary International, Lions Club, NGOs, INGOs, Government offices, Corporate Sectors. His regular talks in TVs, Radios etc are also highly accepted..
Likewise, he is actively associated with many international organizations; such as- HVP-UK, PSC-USA, Global Communities for Peace- Australia, Global Network of Religions for Children, United Religions Initiative etc.

He travels frequently to spread the message of Values based education, Peace Education, Yoga, Interfaith, humanity and spirituality all around the world. He has been running special programs in America, Australia, Europe etc for last many years regularly for the promotion of Spirituality and Humanity. He has written several books and composed various songs. He is a winner of many national/ international awards. He conducts camps, classes, workshops, seminars, trainings and Satsang at every level to encourage people to understand deeply ”The Art of Life”.

Conference :

Value Based Education and Personal Transformation

The talk will cover education for personal transformation and social reformation; core human values – Truth, Love,  Peace, Selfless Service, and Non-violence. The question is what do we expect from education? Smart or Sincere? Successful or Meaningful? Competitive or Cooperative? 

Amukta Mahapatra – IndiaReturn row 4 Speakers

Amukta Mahapatra – India

Conference in English

Amukta MahapatraDirector of SchoolScape, centre for educators, she is the initiating force for the movement of democratic education in India, under the banner, InDEC. The 3rd InDEC was held recently as part of the Web IDEC 2020 from Nepal. She has been involved with the International Democratic Education Conference – IDEC – from the year 2000 onwards., being a keynote speaker at many of the conferences over the years.
Amukta has been involved with school education for the past few decades –
She has worked in a variety of situations; setting up and helping learning centres, schools and teacher development programmes in rural and urban India. She has worked with small schools and also developed programmes that have been implemented by the education departments across a state or many states in India. Wherever she has worked, she has fought for the child’s right to live and learn spontaneously.
Some of the highlights of what she calls her learning orbit.
Set up a centre for educators, called SchoolScape that focuses on the development of the teacher and other support cadres to enable schools, organizations and education departments to enhance the quality of learning in the classroom. The centre promotes quality education based on democratic principles, practices and processes.
One of the first major events hosted by SchoolScape, centre for educators, was the 12th International Democratic Education Conference – IDEC – for ten days in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, India in December 2004.
In November 2018, SchoolScape was again the host for the 25th IDEC. This time an offshoot the 3rd APDEC – Asia-Pacific Democratic Education Conference and a new initiative, the 1st InDEC – India Democratic Education Conference – were also held in tandem at Bangalore, India.
As the first principal of Abacus School in Chennai, she enabled Montessori practices in India to be seen from a contemporary perspective.
She initiated and gave a template for IMC conferences when she organised 50 years of Montessori in India in 1989, the first gathering of Montessori adults from the sub-continent.
She presented in 2016, about ABL that she was instrumental in implementing in TN, India, with a focus on learning from it, for the Montessori international community; at Educators sans Frontiers, a reach-out branch of Association Montessori Internationale – AMI.
She was the keynote speaker at SAMA – S Africa Montessori Association – at their annual conference in 2018.
Besides this, she has varied interests and wide-ranging knowledge in the fields of handicraft, philosophy, indigenous knowledge and wildlife.

Conference :

The Process of Learning and Yoga

The presentation will look at some of the yogasutras and draw parallels to the process of learning highlighted, which are akin to Montessori or any quality education

Adler Yang – TaiwanReturn row 4 Speakers

Adler Yang – Taiwan

Conference in English

Adler YangCo-Founder, International Research & Action Alliance for Experimental Higher Education. Director, award-winning documentary If There is a Reason to Study. Adler Yang is a responsible world citizen who has devoted his entire adolescence to make a difference in education and youth issues. From the age of 14, he started to run initiatives about youth and education, aiming to actualize the cradle of societies where everyone contributes to the collective well-being through conscious self-actualization.

As his first professional project, If There is a Reason to Study is a documentary that followed 5 alternative school students’ lives for 7 years, examining the test-driven education system’s impact on students and the risk of alienation with socialization. The film has won awards internationally, influenced education movements in Taiwan, and was lauded the “Epitome of 2016 Taiwanese Movies” and the “Most important film on Taiwanese education.”
He is also a supporter, advocate, advocate, organizer, or participant of several initiatives, such as the Design for Change Taiwan Challenge, Alternative Education Organization in New York, EDiversity in Hong Kong. He guest mentored/lectured at the National Chung Kung University Education Program in Taiwan and the Ednovator Teacher Fellowship in Hong Kong, also spoke at events like ANYSE Conference in Seoul. His talk at TEDxTaipei was named the 10 Most Important Taiwanese TEDx Talks in 2014. He was named to The News Lens 2015 “30 under 30” list.

Conference :

Yes, Taiwan Made Alternative Education THE TREND!

We know that communicating with the public about alternative/democratic education is hard. But we also want to show you: It’s possible!
Since 2015, Asia’s biggest alternative education campaign — ZA Share — has engaged >1.5k change agents, >200k participants, >120m traffic in this movement. Along with this movement, “Non-Schoolers” in Taiwan also 7-folded in 7 years. Want to know “How were these possible?” Join us to explore our journey, and co-imagine how might we transform this huge community into an ecosystem for education change.

Maurice Shukla – IndiaReturn row 4 Speakers

Maurice Shukla – India

Conference in English

Maurice ShuklaFormer teacher of English at the Lycée Français de Pondichéry and at Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education

Maurice came to the Sri Aurobindo Ashram at the age of 5 and has been privileged to be part of the Mother’s School, the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education, first as a student and then as a learning ‘teacher’. 

He also assists the Sri Aurobindo Archives in their editorial work besides participating in the “Continuing Education” programme for adults in the community.

Conference :

Sri Aurobindo International Center of Education

A New Education for a New Consciousness
For years Sri Aurobindo considered the formation of a new system of education as one of the best means of preparing the future humanity to manifest upon earth a divine consciousness and a divine life. To give a concrete shape to his vision, the Mother opened a school for children on December 2, 1943. Since then, the school has continued to grow and experiment with various educational problems and issues. In 1951, a Convention was held at Pondicherry which resolved to establish an International University Centre in the town as a fitting memorial to Sri Aurobindo. Accordingly, the Sri Aurobindo International University Centre was inaugurated by the Mother on January 6, 1952. In 1959, the Mother decided to rename it the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education.
It is one of the most revolutionary schools ever set up founded on the vision and philosophy of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. As an integral part of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, it serves as a field for experiment and research in education.

Ramchandar Krishnamurthy – IndiaReturn row 4 Speakers

Ramchandar Krishnamurthy – India

Conference in English

Ramchandar KrishnamurthyRamchandar Krishnamurthy has degrees in Accounting, Computer Applications and Education.

His current interests are in quantitative reasoning using computer programs, reasoning and argumentation and developing socio-philosophical perspectives in school education.

Ram worked in the Information and Technology industry for 13 years and then worked as a school teacher for 4 years before joining the University.

Conference :

Foundation Stage in the National Education Policy 2020

The NEP 2020 has envisaged a revised set of educational stages (5+3+3+4) in the K-12 school years. The first 5 years are considered the Foundation stage and includes Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE). This talk explores the details of the policy and its implications for ECCE in India.