By Lewis S. The
The International Day of the African Youth (IDAY), a non-government and non-profitable organization based in Belgium has opened its office here to provide education for destitute kids in Liberia.
IDAY International founder and CEO Jean Jacques Schull told an interview Wednesday, 23 January that he is proud to come to Liberia to create a coalition where Liberia is about to be a member with five organizations.
Speaking at a one – day workshop on international regulation and program policies of IDAY at the ECOWAS Women Office on 11th Street, Sinkor, Mr. Shull says they promote quality education for children and youth.
He says the training was aimed at giving participants the opportunity to exchange ideas on the working of IDAY in Liberia.
He recalls that IDAY International was created in 2008 upon the request for multiple African civil societies, saying their idea is to regroup into international network in order to act together.
IDAY is a network of African civil society organizations that come together in order to promote the quality of basic education for all.
They are entering various countries to have a constructive dialogue with the governments on the importance of children and youth education.
Mr. Schull indicates that IDAY International presence is felt in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, DR Congo, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Conakry and Kenya.
According to him, the group also has presence in Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia and Liberia where its new office was opened Wednesday.He says one of IDAY’s programs is building schools and medical corps, among others.
He notes that his visit to Liberia is to meet IDAY Liberia coalition and to make sure that they are on the same path.
He adds that IDAY International mission is to get every child in school and to provide a proper and basic education for all.
Meanwhile, IDAY Liberia Coalition CEO Ebenezer S. Thomas says the organization is basically focused on children and youth education.
He says since IDAY Liberia was recognized by IDAY International in October 2018, this is the first official visit of the founder to the Liberian coalition.
“His mission here is to train us on IDAY International policy and internal regulation including the opening of Liberia office,”
Thomas concludes.–Edited by Winston W. Parley