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The Vision

The Institute for Democratic Education is an organization for social change, that promotes democratic culture, based on the Convention on Human Rights. A democratic culture considers it the community’s responsibility to bring to expression the uniqueness (strength, growth, and knowledge) of every individual, promotes collaboration between people, and fosters interaction between the individual, the community, and the environment. 

In this way we aspire to create an egalitarian, decent, vibrant and sustainable society. The Institute encourages optimism, critical thinking and activism by individuals and the community alike, and views education and social processes as major tools in advancing that culture.

The story of Adam and his Education City

One City: Holon

“I’ve taught man how to create the future, and through creation let go of the past”

- Socrates


In the year 2020, a bus-full of teaching apprentices goes on a tour of the city of Holon, which had undergone a comprehensive and deep pedagogical change. They visit the new school and the Educational Innovation Center, hear

about a project-based matriculation, about middle-school kids conducting studies in the municipal space, about the five-principle vision and abouta Second Chance School celebrating children’s strengths and talents.

A fantastic utopia or not-too-distant reality?

Read about a visit to Holon at 2020. The city is implementing this utopia, step by step and getting closer to its full realization day after day 

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One democratic application: Halutz

Each week we welcome you to explore one Decoratic Application for better society and education. And this month:

Halutz Program

The Halutzim (pioneers) represent early Zionism, with the passionate young drying up swamplands and creating a new exemplary society. In the 21st century “Educational Halutz” program is established to dry social swamps, and close social gaps. 
The program identifies young, high-profile teachers, and trains them to act as school leaders, in order to empower disadvantaged regions in Israel and create equal opportunities in education.

Click here to visit the Halutz Demcoratic Application page. 

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One insight: PBL

One Isight: PBL

We are very happy to share every week one insight with you. And this week:

Project Based Learning

"Having fun is the very best way to learn"

- Ingrid Bauer

In their search for a pedagogy that is suitable for the 21st century, educators have found that PBL (Project Based Learning) 

is gaining renewed support. Schools around the world use it as a characteristic axis, and hundreds of teachers in Israel are changing their basic teaching paradigm.

Project Based Learning is something that is latent in each of us, and it is important that we conceptualize it so we can use it in school frameworks through a connection to the community space in which they exist.

During our lives, we all see before our very eyes a product (a family outing, school, a community project, a movie for a bat mitzvah…), and from the moment the "what" and "why" become clear to us, we start marking out the path to reach it. This natural path toward learning, as in life, is the essence upon which we are basing our approach, and the skill that we are structuring.

Click the picture to read a cmperhensive paper about the art and practice of PBL.


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Democratic Applications

IDE International

International Activities

At the institute we believe it vital to be involved in the international arena, and in international frameworks engaged with disseminating knowledge, reciprocal learning, and exchange of ideas with different entities, and heading educational projects overseas. Some examples:

  • Leading the international Education Cities Knowledge Center, in collaboration with Nobel Education Network.
  • Adapting the Personal Education model, as applied in the USA’s Big Picture schools network, to the Israeli culture.
  • The institute is a partner in implementing the model of High-Tech High schools in Israel. In 2012, the first high-tech high school will open in Holon.
  • Organizing the conference of the international democratic education community, IDEC 2010, in Tel Aviv and, in the more distant past, organizing the first IDEC conference in Hadera.
  • Helping to set up institutes for democratic education in India, New Zealand, and the USA. Supporting an educational network in Treviso, Italy.
  • Participating in Open Futures – an international research project, funded by the European Community. In this project, an international consortium studied the theme of future centers.
  • Participating in conferences of the worldwide Future Center community, and presenting insights from work in Israel at the conferences, via workshops and lectures facilitated by our staff.
  • Hosting delegations in Israel of overseas students who come to study democratic education; for example, a group of students in the democratic education program at Hale University, and Dutch students in the Chaos Pilots program.
  • Participation and lectures at international conferences: as the keynote lecture to education ministers at the KMK conference in Germany, lectures at teaching colleges in Poland, and to educators in India.