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 organisations.
Lluis Alegre, (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. Concepció 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 Parliament. 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. Mario Viscovi, (I) Former President of the European Parents' Association. Frank Monagle, (AUS) Pared Foundation, Director.