OIDEL is a non-profit, non-governmental
organisation, with consultative status with the United
Nations, UNESCO and the European Council. It is legally
recognized as a public interest association under Swiss
law. The primary objective of OIDEL is the
promotion of the right to education as a fundamental
human right. Such a right cannot exist without the presence
of State benefits and the protection of individual liberties.
The action of OIDEL is mainly based on article 26 of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and article
13 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social
and Cultural rights.
OIDEL was created in 1985, by forty
political personalities, educational experts and parents.
It has consultative status with the United Nations,
UNESCO and the European Council, and collaborates with
the European Union and international non-governmental
The founding members of
(E) Former Member of Spanish Parliament and Catalan
Minister of Commerce. Emilio Colombo,(I)
Former President of the Minister Council, former President
of the European Parliament. Ramón Durany, (E) Former
President of the IFE. Concepcio
Ferrer, (E) Deputy Ombudsman, Former Member of the European Parliament.
Antoine Humblet, (B) Former Minister of
Education, honorary President of OIDEL. Kurt Malangré, (D) Former Member
of the European Parliament, former Mayor of Aix-la-Chapelle.
Joseph Michel, (B) Former Minister of Education. Alberto
Michelini, (I) Former member ot the European Parliamentl.
Juan Antonio Ortega y Díaz-Ambrona, (E) Former Minister
of Education. Jacques Python, (CH) Lawyer, honorary
President of OIDEL. Rosa Russo Jervolino, (I) Former Minister of the Interior and of Education.
Stuart Sexton, (GB) Director of IPSET, Education Unit.
(I) Former President of the European Parents' Association.
Frank Monagle, (AUS) Pared Foundation, Director.
Gil-Villén, Former School Principal. Vice-Presidents:
Charles L. Glenn,Professor and Former Dean of School
of Education, Boston University. Guy Guermeur, Former
Member of the National Assembly and of the European
Parliament. Secretary of the Committee and President
of the Permanent Commission: Angel Sánchez,
General Economic and Financial Director, IFE. Members:
Maria de Jesús Barroso Soares, President of the Foundation
Pro Dignitate, former Vice-President of the Education
Commission of the Parliament. Joan Curcó, General Director
of Fomento. Francis Delpérée, Professor Emeritus, University
of Louvain, Chairman of the group Cdh, Belgian Senate.
Joan Gallostra, President of IFE. Paz Gutiérrez Cortina,
Former Secretary of the Education Comitee of the Parliement,
President of the NGO Enlace. Mario Mauro, Member of
the European Parliament. Luisa Ribolzi, Professor Emeritus,
University of Turin, Member of the National Agency of
Education and Research Institutes. María Lurdes Rodrigues,
Former Minister of Education. Werner van Kattwijk,General
Director of the Parents' Association of Protestant Schools.
Luca Volontè, Member of the Chambers of Deputies, Italy,
Chairman of the PPE in the Parliamentary Assembly of
the Council of Europe.
The members of OIDEL are individuals
or legal persons (associations, school groups, NGOs):
Institutional subscriber: US$ 980.-/
Euro 750.-/CHF 1000.-
Individual subscriber: US$ 290.- / Euro 220.-/CHF 300.-
OIDEL depends on subscription fees and
conference and research subsidies for its income.
OIDEL is represented in the following
Angola, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria,
Sierra Leone, Zaire
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia,
Ecuador, El Salvador, United States, Guatemala, Mexico,
Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela
Brunei, India, Japan, Pakistan, The Philippines, Turkey
Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Spain, France,
Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg,
The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation,
United Kingdom, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Czech
Australia, New Zealand