of the IDAY network is to conduct advocacy in African
and European countries and support the empowerment of
African CSOs. To this end, several activities are organised
together in each member country to raise awareness on
education issues and mobilise the civil society and
authorities on addressing the needs.
The key event
is the Day of the African Child on June 16, a date that
was chosen by the African Union to commemorate the massacre
of young South-African on June 16, 1976 in Soweto while
they were peacefully demonstrating for better education.
?IDAY has chosen this important date as an inescapable
moment of dialogue between the CSOs and their governments
on basic education. On this occasion, a variety of events
- At the local level (in Africa and in Europe): celebrations
covered by the media with official handing over to the
authorities of the IDAY Annual report listing the demands
and recommendations of the OCS regarding basic education.
- At the international level: official ceremony of presentation
of the Annual Report to the African and European authorities
at the European Parliament.
encourages its members to participate in the Global
Action Week of the Global Action Campaign, and seeks
to create more opportunities for consultation between
civil society and authorities through the organisation
of meetings, seminars and conferences throughout the
year. It also promotes awareness-raising campaigns on
education issues targeting the wide public.
A large number
of IDAY members are involved in activities targeting
vulnerable children. The network is therefore actively
engaged in promoting their right to effective access
to primary education. To do so, the members exchange
ideas, experience and best practices.
Africa and Europe through the Diaspora: IDAY seeks to
encourage solidarity between Europe and Africa and supports
various initiatives such as pairing of European and
African schools, exchanges between African and European
students, the bringing together of donors and project
promoters (see Project
Support and Funding Opportunities. The African Diaspora
who is known to be an ideal intermediary in this sort
of business, plays a key role within IDAY to promote
IDAY is an
international network of national and regional coalitions,
each of them made up of civil society organisations
active in the field of education. All member organisations
are signatories of the IDAY Charter and commit to carrying
out, at local, regional or international level, activities
concordant with the network’s objective.
The IDAY national coalitions are organised along democratic
principles. They decide themselves on their own organisational
structure according to local conditions, and they elaborate
their own internal regulations. They are open structures
that seek to gather organisations united by a same vision
and willing to get a stronger voice to promote, both
in Europe and Africa, quality basic education for all
in Africa. IDAY-International coordinates the common
agenda of the network. ?
network – Africa
As of 2009, IDAY counts 19 African members, which are
national coalitions of civil society organisations committed
to supporting quality basic education for all in Africa.
The IDAY network counts 8 European members. These are
non governmental organisations (NGOs) and associations
– many of which from the African Diasporas –
involved in education-related projects in Africa.