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See below for an important registration update.  This week we are excited to bring you an interview with Scott Nine, executive director of the Institute for Democratic Education in America who eloquently details the importance of IDEC 2012 to Puerto Rico and its people.  In addition, scroll down to find out which countries are represented so far at this year's conference.

Early Bird Deadline |  Liberation & education, an interview | Group Rates | RSVP

earlybirdEarly Bird Registration Update
Puerto Rico Mango, found only in the mountains of Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest

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You had until today, Three King's Day (January 6th), to take advantage of our Early Bird Special and save $200 off your registration fees! 


However, as the Puerto Rican holidays extend 8 more days after the arrival of the Three Kings, in a celebration called "Octavitas" (it is said that Puerto Rican holidays are the longest ones worldwide), we are offering an additional time frame for you to take advantage of the special. You now have until January 14. Hurry up, register for IDEC 2012!


* From January 15 to February 14, fees will be $350.00/$200.00 (adult/student) as a love and friendship present.   
* After February 15 and until March 8, they will be $400.00/$250.00, in celebration of International Workers Women Day.   
* After March 8, we will only offer our regular fees of $500.00/$300.00.  
Hurry up! We want you to join the conversation at IDEC 2012. See you soon!


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Who's coming to IDEC?  28 Countries are already represented--is yours?
Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Bolivia, Canada, China, Congo, Ecuador, England, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Holland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Mexico, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, South Africa, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. 


humanrights "The idea of liberation and democratic education is directly tied with the future of Puerto Rico." -Scott Nine, Executive Director of IDEA

Scott Nine (right) with Lourdes Aponte of the Alliance for Alternative Education, Mayor Torres of the host city of Caguas, and Justo M�ndez Ar�mburu of Nuestra Escuela.

It's hard not to be inspired by the beauty and warmth of Puerto Rico. Undoubtedly, for international participants, these are two good reasons to come to the Island for the International Democratic Education Conference in March 2012. But, that is very far from everything Puerto Rico has to offer IDEC.

Scott Nine has been living in Puerto Rico with his family since September and he believes the IDEC offers an "opportunity to change the conversation" about education in a country hosting the conference for the first time. Nine is the Executive Director of IDEA and is helping in the organization of the Conference. He sat down for an interview to discuss his thoughts on what the IDEC can mean for Puerto Rico.

"It's a very uncertain time," says Nine. "This conference has the opportunity to change the conversation, establish a new level of discussion. In many senses, this might be the perfect place. The political and historical situation of Puerto Rico, its political dynamics... being part of the United States, and at the same time a country in its own right, Puerto Rico creates a connection between North American and Latin American countries. It is a bridge. Besides, the idea of liberation and democratic education is directly tied with the future of Puerto Rico, regardless of whether you're pro-statehood or pro-independence for the island. The conflicts on the island provoke an awakening, provokes change. As Paulo Freire said, 'conflict is the midwife of consciousness'. It is very possible that the conference itself will offer something for Puerto Rico".

In the case of the Puerto Rican archipelago, remembers Nine, the analysis of its centralized learning system is also interesting. "Here, you have only one school board for almost a million students and 4 million citizens. There are big disconnects between the values of Puertoriquenos for self-governance and the almost non-existent interactions they have with the school system. And there are also huge cultural differences between what the US Department of Education evaluates as successful learning and what is relevant to the lives of Puerto Ricans."

Asked about what democratic education has to offer the situation, Nine says, "Democratic education is a conversation that has deep history and is also just getting started. There is not a final definition - and that is good because inherent in its ethos is the idea of evolution and relevance. But, if democratic education is about learning that matters in the daily lives of youth, learning that can liberate students and families from violence, and learning that is alignmed with the day to day governance of cities - then Puerto Rico is as powerful a place for it flourish as any I've seen with my own eyes."

"In my time in Caguas and across Puerto Rico, I see deep connections being made between democratic education, human rights, local and sustainable economic development, and youth and community organizing. I hope that people who attend the IDEC are able to capture a snapshot of what is happening here and make a contribution to a powerful conversation that can have real impact even after participants return home."


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