Is the IAEC an association that works strictly on issues in formal education?

No. The IAEC promotes education and personal and collective development of all the inhabitants of its cities in all areas.

Who can join the IAEC?

Any municipal government that is democratically elected and promises to comply with the terms and conditions of the IAEC and whose actions fall within the framework of the principles of the Charter of Educating Cities.

What must we do to join the IAEC?

Fill in the application form provided on this website, send it to the Secretariat along with the resolution of the municipal decision-making body of the elected politicians (Municipal Council, Plenary Session or others) and settle payment of the corresponding fee.

How is the IAEC financed?

Mainly by the contributions of the Barcelona City Council (head office of the Secretariat) and the dues paid by its members. It also receives the support of the Barcelona Provincial Council (supra-municipal body of city councils in the province of Barcelona). The teritorial and thematic networks are financed by funds from the coordinating cities and the IAEC.

Must one pay the fee in order to be a member of the IAEC?

Yes. However, special situations will be studied by the Executive Committee.

How can a city member edit its own web page in the IAEC site?

By filling up the application form and commit itself to update it.

Must one be a member of the IAEC to participate in its congresses?

No. Any persons or public or private institutions can do so. One of the goals of the IAEC is to popularise the movement and increase the number of members.

How often are the international congresses held?

Every two years.

How can one apply to host an international congress?

By presenting one's candidacy under the terms set down in the candidacy rules and within the established deadline.

Must one be a member of the IAEC to participate in its thematic networks?

Yes. The IAEC promotes and supports the exchange of experiences and joint work among member cities.

How can a city participate in an established thematic network?

By stating in writing in a letter to the Secretariat your wish to do so and by appointing someone to represent your city as contact person.

Can a group of cities set up a thematic network?

Yes. The cities in the IAEC can get together on the basis of their thematic interests. They must notify the Secretariat in order to receive support and so that it can inform others of the fact.

Must one be a member of the IAEC to participate in the territorial networks?

Yes. The IAEC promotes and supports the exchange of experience and joint work among the member cities.

How can one create a territorial network?

The member cities of the IAEC who wish to set up a territorial network must notify the Executive Committee in writing through the Secretariat, specifying the geographic region and the city that will be responsible for co-ordinating the network.

How can one join a territorial network?

The IAEC cities in the scope of a territorial network must contact the co-ordinating city of the network. The co-ordinating city will then contact the member cities in the area to join it.

How can a city become a member of the Executive Committee?

By meeting the criteria set down in the statutes and presenting your candidacy to the Secretariat before the convening of the General Assembly, the body which elects the Executive Committee.

To avoid problems of the appearance of special characters

In order to avoid problems of the appearance of special characters (apostrophes, dashes, quotation marks, etc.), it is advisable to edit the texts using the tool “Notebook” or .txt file (Start > Accessories > Notebook). This way we will avoid their appearing as question marks.
If you have the document in a .doc file, you only need to copy the text into a “Notebook” file or .txt file, delete and rewrite the characters that are causing the errors and the problem will be solved. When it is copied into the editor they will then appear correctly.

What is an experience?

The explanation of a specific action. Normally a series of experience pursuant to a general programme (education policy lines that a city carries out in the area of a specific theme: town planning, health care, sustainability, social welfare, etc.).

What are the Good Practices?

Those innovative experiences which are shown up in order to become reference points for other cities.

Must a member city have experiences in the BIDCE?

Yes. The aim of the International Documents Bank of Educating Cities (BIDCE) is to obtain and publicise the activities of the member cities of the IAEC.

Is it advisable to consult the BIDCE before sending in experiences?

Yes. Given that there are experiences that are carried out in different cities with practically the same objectives and methodology, we recommend consulting the bank before sending in repetitions. It is fundamental that the BIDCE include the specific characteristics of the city and whatever could be an object of exchange.

How can one obtain information in addition to that included in the documents in the BIDCE?

By getting in touch with the contact person appearing on the document.

Must the experiences in the BIDCE be up to date?

Yes. However, in cases of special interest, some documents may be maintained in the bank although the activity has already ended.

Must the documents of the BIDCE be updated periodically?

Yes. It is important that the information provided be up to date.

Who must appear as the person responsible for a experience?

The person who can provide the greatest amount of information on it.

How can we include our experiences in the BIDCE?

Fill out the form on this website and send it to the Secretariat, preferably through the website or by e-mail. It is also possible to do this by fax or ordinary post.