CICED’s activities date back to 1992 when the then Royal Danish School of Educational Studies was engaged by DANIDA (Danish International Development Assistance) to manage large-scale support programs for Mongolia’s education sector reform. CICED is still working in Mongolia, now with its NGO-partner Mongolian Association for Primary and Secondary School Development.
In November 2010 CICED transferred from a center under a Danish higher education institution to become an independent Danish civil society organization.
Since the mid 90s CICED also worked extensively in designing, implementing and evaluating education sector reform programs. and other education development projects in Afghanistan, Bolivia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India/Tibetans-in-Exile, Kenya, Laos, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Please contact us for a full overview of or recent engagements.
CICED board members have worked with Asian Development Bank, DANIDA, EUAid, UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, WHO and education ministries, national, regional and local education institutions in the countries mentioned above as well as with a number of international consultancy firms.
CICED staff have, over the years, facilitated and led in excess of five hundred workshops and consultancy missions
CICED work with NGO-partners in developing countries with a focus on capacity building, advocacy and service-deliveries reflecting the dynamic concept of ‘the change triangle’.
CICED operates a volunteer-program for professionally trained teachers, social education and health workers.
CICED, as a Danish civil society organization, campaign for public engagement in fighting poverty and for the fulfillment of the Global Goals.
CICED is a relatively new civil society organization and as such is in the process of developing its capacity and consolidating its operations. We are always open to considering collaborations. If you feel you can support this work please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CICED’s mission is:
to support the development of civil society locally, nationally and globally;
to engage in activities enhancing education, social life and health in poor/low-income countries;
to engage students and staff across education, social studies and health in supporting enhancement of education, social life and health in poor/low-income countires.
Mongolization of civil society development in rural Mongolia
Civil society development is gaining momentum in Mongolia. However, the concept is relatively new. Experiences are limited. Not least in the country side, where the majority engages in mobile pastoralism (know as nomadic lifestyle in the West). Year round most people spend their time in the steppeland guarding their lifestocks.
Conditions for social interaction and thus also civil society engagements are quite different from the typical sedentary conditions under which the civil society concept emerged.
Our project focusses on Mongolization of Civil Society Development in Rural Mongolia, i.e. developing concepts, strategies and operational methods rooted in the Mongolian rural contexts.
The project is implemented in collaboration with our Mongolian partner Mongolian Association for Primary and Secondary School Development and its currently 64 local branches across the vast Mongolian territory.
CISU financing of approx. 1,7 million DKK ended May 2018.
Children's Ger - Ulaanbaatar
Children’s Ger operating in the western outskirts of Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatar provides primary education and care for poor and vulnerable children of the district Bayankhoshoo.
For various reasons children and youth cannot enrol in normal public schools. Children’s Ger offers these children and young people a chance to engage in primary education (grade one to five).
Since its establishment in 1997 Children’s Ger has provided primary education to more than 1000 children and youth and supported them in further schooling and education and in obtaining jobs.
Children’s Ger is solely financed by volontary contributions from private and institutional international and domestic sponsors and receive no support from the Mongolian government or other public authorities.
Through private sponsorships and other fund-raising CICED provides regular financial assistance to Children’s Ger.
New Basic Education
The Tibetans-in-Exile community struggles hard to retain and revitalize Tibetan language and culture. Education plays a key role in these efforts.
In 2006 the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharmsala/India launched an ambitious reform: New Basic Education Policy.
The reform aims to bridge between revitalization of Tibetan language. culture and educational traditions and knowledge and skills required to master life in the modern and globalized world.
The reform received Danish support from the very beginning.
A new phase of assistance is in operation from August 2018 to mid 2022 and carries a budget of 6 million DKK (approx. 805,000 EUR)
Sign language development
Sign language and sign language interpretation are preconditions for deaf people to enrol in education and engage in social and work life.
Tanzania hosts an estimated 300.000 deaf people but only 35 sign language interpreters, and very limited educational opportunities for the deaf and sign language interpreters alike.
Together with its Tanzanian partner Tanzanian Assoaciation for Sign Language Interpretation/TASLI, CICED ran a pilot project over 12 months in 2014-2015.
The project aimed to build organizational and professional capacity of TASLI.
Based on the succesful outcomes of the pilot project we are seeking further assistance for a wider and longer engagement, which will aslo include collaboration with the deaf people's association in Tanzania and sign language interpreters' and deaf people's assocations on Zanzibar.
Putting Youth at
Helembu - Nepal
For the first time ever, young people in the Helembu region north of Kathmandu will be part of a project supporting youth engagement in civil society development.
The project jointly implemented by CICED and JUST Nepal has four focus areas:
Youth Leadership Camps -Taking Charge of Change!
Community Mobilization Activities - Field activities - Getting Started!
Staging the first District Youth Festival.
Youth of Helambu and of Bornholm, Click and Share, “# Images of Everyday Democracy”.
Leadership camps and community mobilization will prepare youth for active citizenship and give them a voice and skills in fighting poverty, girl trafficking and migration and pave the way for initiating income generating activities to improve livelihoods in the area.
Africa is short of around 1 million trained and qualified teachers. CICED's humble contribution to meet that challenge is our volunteer program - for professional and trained teachers only. We emphasize professional and trained.
We see too many volonteer activities where the volonteers may have a great time but they lack the skills and qualifications to really make a difference.
CICED's focus is to recruit trained teachers meeting the requirements of our partners, i.e. schools and educational authorities in Zanzibar/Tanzania.
CICED volonteers are committed to stay for a semester, engage in everyday teaching within their subject specialization and join the team of local teachers in their efforts to improve the overall quality of teaching and learning.