What is ODW?
We are Norway's largest solidarity campaign by and for youth. We strive for a better future by putting global development on the agenda in Norwegian schools. We spread knowledge and awareness of global injustice. By joining, students learn about global development and can choose to work one day in a workplace for the benefit of a development project in the global South. We always support youth, education and development. We offer educational material and give the students an opportunity to spend one day in a paid workplace instead of school. The salary from this work funds an educational project in the Global South. The focus of these projects is always youth, education and development. We believe the world will be a better place when youth all over the world influence decisions concerning our shared future.
« Youth will be the leaders of tomorrow, and our perspectives are important. »
Jens (20) ODW-leader 2019
For us, solidarity is all about community, unity and shared responsibility. We, the youth of the world, are first and foremost individuals who want to change our own future. The world is unfair and brutal for many. Still, we see hope and opportunities everywhere. We don't support youth in hopeless situations, but support youth on the frontlines for a better future. We all the same dreams and ambitions: A good and meaningful life. We don’t care what anyone says: Youth is youth, regardless.
All our work in Norway is lead by youth, and all our projects are designed based on the needs of youth. We see other solutions than adults, and no one cares more about sustainable development than us. Why? We are going to inherit this mess. That’s why youth participate in the planning, execution and evaluation of our projects. Youth develop our campaign, lead the movement in the schools, and receive support from the project. We are all youth in ODW, and that is why we call our selves Norway's biggest solidarity movement, by and for youth.
Education and development
Our projects always support education, because everyone deserves a fair chance in life. That does not necessarily mean building schools of buying textmooks. Many of our projects focus on human right education. We all deserve a fair chance in life. But the dreams and potential of millions of youth is wasted due to an uneven playing field and unjust systems. We believe education drives development because it cultivates youth as a resource.