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The International Academy for the Humanization of Education was founded on the 27th June 1995 in Biysk/Siberia by academic colleagues from Western and Eastern Europe, following on the reform movement in the era of perestroika. Its members include colleagues from university institutions and academic educational institutions predominantly from Central and Eastern Europe. Since its foundation the number of members, who work mainly in the world of education, has increased steadily. An independent Society of Friends is registered at the University of Hildesheim in Germany. The Academy has proved itself to be a centre of academic exchange of opinions and information in research and teaching, and would like, on this basis, to contribute to the democratization and humanization of the educational systems in the member countries. It hopes to promote a new orientation in values education and in the development of personality in accordance with the ideas of European humanism, but also in support of the liberal, democratic and social freedom movements.

§1 - Name, Object and Seat

  1. The International Academy is an autonomous academic institution, which is working on the basis of its statutes for a humane system of education by initiating and promoting research in the fields of educational theory and practice.
  2. The official name is The International Academy for the Humanization of Education. The abbreviation of this name shall be IAHE.
  3. The organs of the IAHE act in accordance with the rules of procedure adopted by the General Assembly.
  4. The seat of the International Academy is the respective place of work of the President or the Secretary. Details are laid out in the rules of procedure.
  5. The conference languages are English, German and Russian, and the language of the country hosting the conference.

§2 - Aims and Tasks

  1. The International Academy promotes the transfer of academic knowledge in the field of Education between European (West, Central and Eastern Europe) and non-European countries, and supports teaching and research in education which will contribute to the humanization of a free, democratic and socially just system of education. 
    In particular the Academy pursues the following aims 
    • freedom in schooling and education,
    • the self-responsibility of the learner subjects
    • a reformist and innovative school and educational culture, and
    • a Teacher Education concept built on the above lines.
  2. These aims shall be achieved inter alia by:
    1. the creation of an academic basis for the humanization of education in the context of the Arts, the Cultural and the Social Sciences,
    2. the formulation of innovative strategies and methods in the framework of a humanistic paradigm for education,
    3. the planning and carrying out of common, international and interdisciplinary academic projects and educational programmes,
    4. the exchange of lecturers and researchers in Education, of students and of practicing teachers,
    5. the planning and holding of international congresses, symposia and seminars, which should serve the analysis and comparison of educational systems,
    6. the exchange of specialist publications and of research findings, but also through common publications.

§3 - Membership

  1. Members of the Academy can be an individual or an institutional body.
  2. The Academy is made up of full members, corresponding members and honorary members.
    1. Full members are normally academic colleagues who are engaged in historico-systematic, comparative and empirical research and can identify with the aims of the International Academy.
    2. Corresponding members are also persons from the above-mentioned areas of science and education, who are prepared to act according to the tenets of the preamble. Their names can be put forward for full membership.
    3. Honorary members can be academics and persons of renown, whose reputation is based in their identification with the preamble and who, by way of their outstanding contributions, are especially qualified to transport the aims of the Academy into the public eye.
    4. All new members are put forward by the presidium and elected by the General Assembly. Details are laid out in the rules of procedure.

§4 - Rights and Obligations of the Members

  1. Members have the right and obligation to actively participate in the content work of the Academy (see Art. 2) and in the elections of the presidium and Academy members.
  2. They may regularly request information on the activities of the Academy and the presidium.
  3. Their foremost obligation is to commit themselves to the aims of the Academy in their working environment and in public.
  4. All members make an annual contribution to the financial stability of the Academy according to their member status. The amount of the contribution is fixed by the rules of procedure.

§5 - Termination of Membership

  1. Membership ends as a rule
    • by resignation, which has to be given in writing to a member of the presidium three months before the end of the financial year; International Academy for the Humanization of Education (IAHE)
    • by expulsion from the Academy for serious reasons at the discretion of the presidium. Members who have been excluded have the right of appeal to the General Assembly whose decision is final (See rules of procedure for further particulars.)
    • with the death of the member

§6 - Organs of the Academy

The organs of the Academy are:

  1. the Presidium
  2. the General Assembly

§7 - The General Assembly

  1. The General Assembly is responsible for the following matters:
    • the election of the presidium;
    • the submission of the yearly report (approval of the budget submitted by the presidium) and the discharge of the presidium;
    • resolutions for changes in the Statutes and the dissolution of the Academy;
    • the financial security of the Academy;
    • the passing of rules of procedure, and their adaptation to changed circumstances
  2. An Ordinary General Assembly takes place at least every two years. See rules of procedure for further particulars.
  3. An Extraordinary General Assembly can be convened at any time by the Presidium. It must be called if the interests of the Academy demand it or if its calling is demanded of the Presidium by a tenth of the members in writing giving reasons and the purpose.
  4. The General Assembly generally takes its decisions with a simple majority of valid votes cast; abstentions are not taken into consideration in this case.
  5. A majority of two-thirds of the valid votes cast are necessary to change the Statutes.
  6. Minutes of the decisions taken by the General Assembly, which are binding for the presidium, are to be kept and signed by the president and by the person taking the minutes.

§8 - The Presidium

  1. The Executive Committee consists of four persons:
    • the President
    • the 2 Vice-Presidents
    • the Secretary
  2. The composition of the Presidium should fairly represent the regions of Western and Eastern Europe, and, if possible, non-European countries.
  3. The Presidium is elected by the General Assembly for two years starting on the day of the election. It remains in office until new elections take place. Re-election is possible.
  4. The Presidium has primarily the following tasks:
    • Convening the General Assembly;
    • Implementation of the decisions taken by the General Assembly;
    • Deciding on new members, and the exclusion of members.
    • The organization of conferences at least every two years, and the publication of their results;
    • The responsibility for the presence of the Academy in the public eye (the media) and in state authorities. 
  5. The Secretary co-ordinates the work of the Presidium in the public eye in cooperation with members.
  6. Former presidents whose work was outstanding can be given the title of Honorary President on the recommendation of the presidium, resp. of members. The proposal can be accepted or dismissed by a majority decision at a meeting of the General Assembly.

§9 - National Branches resp. Societies of Friends

  1. Corresponding to the International Academy, national branches are encouraged, resp. societies of friends, which are constituted on the basis of the Statutes of the Academy.
  2. The latter promote national and regional interests appropriate to the work of the Academy; they may establish their own rules of procedure.
  3. Every branch participates in the financing of the International Academy in proportion to national and economic prosperity.

§10 - Dissolution of the Academy

1. The dissolution of the Academy can only be decided in a General Assembly called on this point of agenda with two-thirds majority. 

Version of this statutes

Sotschi / Russia for the President:
Prof. Dr. Keck
September 2000

changed in September 2006

changed in September 2010 in Liepaja