Every year tens of thousands of Danish high-school students give a day of their education in order to raise funds for an education project in the developing world.
On that day - the Dagsvaerk Day - students take on all kinds of ordinary and extraordinary jobs for a day. Some do a day's work in a factory; others take inventory, tidy up old archives or do cleaning work for companies or in private homes. Some make money busking or selling coffee as street vendors while others tour kindergartens performing children’s theatre shows written by the students. Some work as babysitters and others do odd jobs in private homes. All of these activities are directed at one common goal: to raise money to ensure that young people in the developing countries receive an education.
Who are we?
Operation Dagsvaerk (litteraly: Operation a Day's Work) is not a traditional relief organization. We want to challenge the popular media image of people in the developing world. We want to show that people in the developing world have dreams and hopes as well as human resources to match. They deserve a chance to put their resources to use and realize their dreams. Public awareness of the developing world is low while knowledge is scarce and littered with prejudices.
A crucial element in Operation Dagsvaerk's campaigns is to inform the Danish youth of the challenges and problems facing the projects country as well as the historical, cultural and religious context within which they exist. The campaigns consist of a three-month educational process leading up to the Dagsvaerk Day fundraising.
Operation Dagsvaerk produce educational materials and arrange educational events as an alternative to conventional teaching methods in the Danish high-school system. The quality of the teaching material is ensured thanks to the assistance of teachers and scholars who place their vast knowledge at the disposal of Operation Dagsvaerk. The aim is to engage the students in discussions and debate on issues concerning developing countries while motivating the students to participate actively on the Dagsvaerk Day.