Operation Day's work

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Operation Day's work is an charity event based on forced labor [1] conducted by High School students invented in Sweden to honor the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld [2].

The concept is for the schools to allow the students to leave their high school and work for a single day. The pay for this day of work goes to whatever charity the organization behind the national committee decide. Original it was called "A day for Dag".

Today there are operation Day's work committees in several countries. The committee in Denmark which are under increased criticism [3] has helped spreading this type of forced labor to The Netherlands and Italy [4].

The main points of criticism are too high administrative costs, the choice of collaborators, support of controversial politicians, support of organizations connected to terrorists [3].

Countries with an national Operation Day's work committee

Denmark

The national committee was formally founded in 1984 [5].

According to instructions from the department of Education specifically point out that no student can be forced to attend this claimed charity. The pay for their work goes to a - sometimes controversial - chosen project in a third world country. Only a minor fraction of Danish students participate in this event, mainly because most Danish people see supporting third world countries as something the population has already paid for in taxes. As a result, most students stay in school [6]. Due to a recent agreement with the Danish Ministry of Education the students are no longer considered to be truant during this day [7]. The present Prime Minister of Denmark - Lars Løkke Rasmussen - created an alternative to Operation Day's work called "Operation School work" when he was chairman of an youth organization in 1988. As result some tried to frame him for murder [8]

Year Country supported Year Country supported Year Country supported
1985 Tanzania 1996 Ladakh 2004 Nicaragua, Honduras og Guatemala
1986 Nicaragua 1997 Guatemala 2005 Kirgisistan
1988 Namibia 1998 Palæstina 2006 South Africa
1990 Eritrea 1999 South Sudan 2007 Bolivia
1991 Brazil 2000 Romani people 2008 Niger
1992 Somalia 2001 Mexico 2009 Rhodesia [9]
1994 Ecuador 2002 Nepal 2010 Republic of the Union of Myanmar
1995 Mozambique 2003 Cambodja 2011 Natives in Peru
2012 Iraq 2013 Sierra Leone

Finland

The national committee is called Takvärkki. The 2009-2010 project is done for school children in Bolivia [10]

Germany

The german committee is called Acktion Tagwerk [11].

Italy

The Italian national committee is called Operation Daywork [12]. It was founded with aid from Denmark [4]

The Netherlands

Founded with help from the Danish committee [4], the Dutch national committee is called "One Days Work" [13]

Norway

The national committe has an oversight over projects dating back to 1964 [14]


Year Country supported Year Country supported Year Country supported Year Country supported
1964 Algeria 1967 Peru 1968 Ceylon 1969 Zambia
1970 Zambia 1971 Guinea Bissau and Angola 1972 Portuguese Empire in Africa 1973 Bangladesh
1974 Tanzania 1975 Botswana 1976 Sudan 1977 Brazil
1978 Cambodian refugees in Thailand 1979 Jamaica 1980 Refugees from Eritrea in Sudan 1981 Afghanistan
1982 Zimbabwe 1983 Nicaragua 1984 Bolivia and Ecuador 1985 Namibia
1987 Eritrea 1988 Several places in Africa 1989 Peru 1990 Support for education in freedom
1991 Brazil and Chile 1992 Costa Rica, Ecuador,
Bolivia and Brazil
1993 Cambodia 1994 South Africa
1995 Brazil 1996 Afghanistan 1997 Brazil 1998 Tanzania, Zanzibar,
Malawi and Uganda
1999 Girls all over the world 2000 South Africa, Zimbabwe,
Bolivia and Nicaragua
2001 Indonesia, New Guinea and
Malaysia
2002 Sierra Leone
2003 Ceylon 2004 South Africa 2005 Brazil 2006 Nepal
2007 Several places in Central America 2008 Bangladesh 2009 Malawi, Mombasa
Uganda and South Africa
2010 Brazil
2011 Rwanda 2012 Nepal 2013 A human aid organization
(The Save the Children Fund)

Sweden

Sweden was the first country to etablish this event. Since 1962 the national committee has been under control of a student organization called "Sveriges Elevråds Centralorganiastion SECO" [15]. There have been a struggle over power inside the SECO organization and the government has demanded oversight over the collection of the money.

The campaign for 2010 will support schools in Sudan [16]

United States

The national committes is called Operation Day's work. It was founded 1999 [17]. According to their website they have been involved in the projects listed below.

Year Country supported
1998-1999 Haiti
1999-2000 El Salvador
2000 Nepal
2002 Ethiopia
2003 Bangladesh
2004 Sierra Leone
2005 Vietnam

Another organization called Schools for Schools is using the same concept.

References

  1. Operation Dagsværk, thread on DR skum Dk8.GIF
  2. Om Operation Dagsverke, (About), Operation Dagsvaerke Sweden
  3. 3.0 3.1 Drop Operation Dagsvaerk Dk8.GIF
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Operation Dagsvaerk Internationalt, Operation Dagsvaerk Denmark Dk8.GIF
  5. Projects, Operation Day's work, Denmark Dk8.GIF
  6. Elever svigter Operation Dagsværk, (The students desert Operation Dagsvaerk), Denmarks Radio, November 7 2007 Dk8.GIF
  7. Retningslinier for statstilskud til Operation Dagsværk (Instructions for aid to Operation Dagsvaerk), the Department of Education in Denmark, september 2004 Dk8.GIF
  8. Lars Løkke efterlyst for mord, by Jesper Lundh, Lokalavisen, March 8, 2009 Dk8.GIF
  9. Country chosen to make the leading African president attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 COP15
  10. Direct action from youth to youth, Operation Days work, Finland
  11. Akction-Tagverk, Germany
  12. Operation Daywork, Italy
  13. One Days Work
  14. tidligere prosjekter (Former projects), Operasjon Dagsverk Norway
  15. Frågor och Svar (FAQ), Operation Dagsvaerke Sweden
  16. Årets kampanj, Operation Dagsvaerke Sweden
  17. Our Constitution, Operation Day's Work, USA