IDEC

The International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC) is a committee of the International Reading Association (IRA). IDEC was constituted as an ad-hoc committee in 1979 to promote communication and cooperation among existing national reading associations in Europe, and with the International Reading Association.
Today, IDEC is one of eight International development committees that operate under IRA’s International Development Co-ordinating Committee. The other Committees cover: Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eurasia, Latin America, North America, and Oceania. Members of IDEC are reading/literacy organisations that are national affiliates of the International Reading Association, or organisations that are in the process of becoming affiliates. Currently, there are 32 IDEC members.

IDEC and its individual members have been actively engaged in developing the international dimension of the IRA and have also contributed at all levels to the ongoing discussion about the structure of IRA.

The International Reading Association has set out the following charges for the European Committee IDEC and its other regional development committees:

    • Work with the International Development Coordinating Committee to achieve its charges and goals
    • Explore and facilitate the promotion of literacy and International Reading Association membership in Europe
    • Plan and implement strategies for promoting local and Association membership, through an emphasis on professional development
    • Report activities to the International Development Coordinating Committee and to the IRA board liaison
    • Work collaboratively with the Director of International Development in the identification of and/or support of professional development projects in the region.

IDEC and its individual members have been actively engaged in developing the international dimension of the IRA and have also contributed at all levels to the ongoing discussion about the structure of IRA.

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