About us

IDAY is an organization launched in 2005 upon request of several associations from African civil society. Our international network of 24 brings together 450 associations in Africa and Europe, all united by a shared goal – quality basic education for all African children and youth.

IDAY network advocates for the right of all African youth to access quality basic education by encouraging constructive dialogue between African civil society organisations (CSO) and their governments.

Education is a responsibility of the governments. Africa has the necessary resources to achieve it but a greater share needs to be allocated to education, health and basic amenities. Local civil society has a leading role to play to support this change.

Constructive dialogue and trust between citizens and their authorities are key to successful development processes and respect of fundamentals rights. Aware of this, IDAY-network members lead advocacy campaigns towards their government for every child and youth in Africa to enjoy their right to free quality basic education. To date, 80 millions of them are still deprived of it.

Our annual meeting
In memory of the 1976 demonstration of young South Africans, IDAY members commemorate each 16th of June the Day of the African Child on the theme of the right to quality education for all, with a focus on the most vulnerable and neglected children and youth.


  • 450 members organisations
  • 19 African coalitions
  • 5 European coalitions

Coordinated by IDAY-International aisbl (headquarters in Belgium)


  • Collective Action
  • Advocacy
  • Empowerment

Education opens the door to awareness of people’s own rights, to better education and health. This is the first step towards economic progress and prosperity.


IDAY National Coalitions
IDAY is an international network of national and regional coalitions, each of them gathering 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.

IDAY network – Africa
19 African members, which are national coalitions of civil society organisations committed to supporting quality basic education for all in Africa.

IDAY network –Europe
The IDAY network counts 5 European members. These are non governmental organisations (NGOs) and associations involved in education-related projects in Africa.

Board of Directors
Mr Jean-Jacques Schul (Fund Message of Yaguine & Fodé): President
Mr Kenneth Nana Amoateng (IDAY-Ghana)
Mr David Kodjovi Amouzou (IDAY-Togo)
Mr Paul Bayiké (IDAY-Cameroon)
Mr Fred Kakembo (IDAY-Uganda)
Mr Bernabé Ollo Kambou (IDAY-Burkina Faso)
Mr Jean Opala (IDAY-Benin)
Mrs Hawa Sidibe (IDAY-Mauritania)
Mr Gorbal Sy (IDAY-Senegal)

Management Committee
Mr Jean-Jacques Schul: Managing Director
Mrs Noëlle Garcin: Secretary General
Mr Michel Ducamp: Treasurer
Mrs Audrey Laviolette: Project Director
Mrs Brigitte Brogniez: Administrative assistant
Ms Dominique Devillers: Communication Director
Mr Adamou Fehou: Member of Management Committee
Mr Pierre Muanda: Member of Management Committee
Mrs Annette Ntignoi: Member of Management Committee
Mrs Nicole Baudoux: Member of Management Committee

Honorary Members
Mrs Hauwa Ibrahim / Sakharov Prize 2005
Mr Ousmane SY / King Baudouin Prize 2005 / Founding member of CEPIA
Mrs Mampe Ntsedi / Nelson Mandela Children Center
Mr Baaba Maal / UNDP – Senegal Ambassador
Mrs Luisa Morgantini / Former vice-President of the European Parliament
Ms Hendrina Doroba / Executive Director of FAWE
Dr Denis Mukwege / Sakharov Prize 2014 / Director of the Panzi Hospital / King Baudouin Prize 2011
Pr Pamela Weathers / Ph.D. Botany & Plant Pathology / Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Vision, Mission & Objectives

The network strives to foster a society where all individuals, especially the youth, have access to quality basic education without discrimination (pre-school education, formal primary education, vocational literacy for the youth).

Promoting through constructive dialogue between the civil society and their authorities, policies, systems and practices that guarantee quality basic education to all children and youth in Africa.

Empower local civil society coalitions to promote quality basic education for all and ensure its follow-up, with a strong focus on the needs of the neglected and vulnerable children and youth in Africa.

Operating principles

Achieving education for all in a comprehensive and sustainable manner requires that governments take the lead in addressing the existing gaps or shortfalls. Civil society has a fundamental role to play in raising attention on the issue and making suggestions. Only a sustained and constructive dialogue, including civil control of budgetary allocations can bring all stakeholders to elaborate long-lasting, appropriate and legitimate solutions.

African civil society organisations possess valuable knowledge of realities on the ground and legitimacy in contributing to the design of policies and practices affecting the people. This bottom-up approach supposes that CSOs have the appropriate capacities, means and space to play their role. Donors must commit greater resources to support their valuable efforts.

Exchange of best practices at national and transcontinental level to promote successful initiatives and give an international weight to the demands of national coalitions.

IDAY Actions

National coalitions member of the network, call upon governments through meetings, conferences, interventions in Parliaments, articles, international events and demonstrations in support of quality basic education for all, especially vulnerable children in Africa. .

IDAY-International coordinates regional programs addressing issues shared by several national coalitions. They are based on a holistic and global approach to education.
Examples: Legal recognition and professional literacy training of domestic workers (co-financed by the European Union), raising quality of basic education through improved nutrition and health at school, education of minors in prison, etc.

Sustainable, inexpensive and easily replicable projects initiated by African coalitions and integrated in their local advocacy campaigns are published in IDAY’s Project Bank. Once their effectiveness demonstrated, they are proposed to governments in order to be expanded at national scale and duplicated in other regions and/or countries.

IDAY Documents

Annual Programme and Budget
The annual programme and corresponding budget outline the objectives and activities planned by IDAY for the ongoing year. They are presented by the Board of Directors and approved by the General Assembly.

Programme and budget 2014-2016

Activity Reports
The activity report is a document published annually to take stock of the activities of the IDAY network at international, regional and national levels during the past year. It also serves to draw the lessons for future IDAY programmes.

Activity Report 2016

Activity Report 2015
Day of the African Child 2015 Report

Activity Report 2014

Activity Report 2013
Report of the Conference Overcoming the main obstacles to quality basic education for all in Africa (Brussels, 20th of June 2013)

Evaluation Report 2012

Evaluation Report 2011
Report on the conference “Health and Education in Africa” (16th of June 2011)

Evaluation Report 2010
Report on the Parliament Conference (24th of June 2010)

Evaluation Report 2009

Evaluation Report 2008

Evaluation Report 2007

Evaluation Report 2006

Annual Reports (former “Manifestos”)
The Annual Report (former ‘Manifesto’) is written each year by all IDAY members. It is an assessment by African and European civil society organisations on the progress made with regards to basic education in Africa, and measures to be taken to realise the Education For All objectives by 2015. The Report assembles their observations and recommendations to effectively achieve the goals set in the Dakar Framework and the Millennium Development Goals, in particular with regards to access to quality basic education for the most vulnerable and marginalised children and youth.

The Report is sent by all IDAY-coalitions to the local authorities and by IDAY-International to the European authorities and to the Ambassadors of the African and European countries.

Manifesto 2009
Manifesto 2008
Manifesto 2007
Manifesto 2006


IDAY Charter

IDAY Statutes

Internal regulations

Programme of Action June 16

IDAY in brief

Message of Yaguine & Fodé

Speech of Hauwa Ibrahim to the European Parliament, 2006

Speech of Marième Diop to the European Parliament, 2007

IDAY Newsletters

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