Innovation and Digital Development Association (IDDA) was established in 2022 in Eskişehir, Turkey. As a Non-Governmental and Non-Profit organization, IDDA NGO is a vibrant and skilled organization committed to fostering various educational, social, and economic empowerment initiatives for both young people and adults across Europe. IDDA operates within a network of Education Support Centres dedicated to fostering Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and Continuous Professional Activities (CPAs) for a diverse group of stakeholders, including teachers, youngsters, youth associations, youth workers, Vocational Education and Training (VET) schools, and local schools from pre-primary levels upwards. With over two years of hands-on experience, our team stands ready to provide training, mentorship, and support to marginalized communities facing barriers related to economics, geography, society, and culture.

At the core of our mission lies the commitment to fostering personal and professional growth while forging strategic alliances with diverse entities including NGOs, public and private sectors. Our efforts span various domains encompassing education, rural and economic development, human rights, digitalization, media, and eco-sustainability. Through targeted programs and advocacy, we strive to promote environmental consciousness, preserve cultural heritage, advocate for ecotourism, and instill ecological education, aligning with the principles of the European Union. Driven by a dedication to catalyzing societal transformation, IDDA embarks on initiatives geared towards digital and environmental progress. Leveraging platforms like Erasmus Projects, specialized training modules, and ventures like geological mapping, the organization focalizes on four key priority areas.

1. Inclusion and Diversity: IDDA develops and implements projects that promote social inclusion and celebrate diversity. These include workshops, cultural exchange programs, and community engagement activities aimed at breaking down barriers and fostering mutual understanding. IDDA uses a range of tools such as intercultural dialogue sessions, diversity training modules, and inclusive educational materials to ensure that all voices are heard and valued.

2. Digitalization: Advancing digital skills and technologies to keep pace with the evolving digital landscape. The organization focuses on advancing digital literacy and skills among various target groups, including teachers, youth, and professionals. IDDA conducts training sessions on digital tools, coding, and the use of advanced technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual/augmented reality. IDDA employs a variety of digital platforms and software to facilitate learning and engagement. This includes Learning Management Systems (LMS) like Moodle, virtual collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom, and specialized software for coding and digital creation like Scratch, Python, and Unity.

3. Environment and Fight Against Climate Change: Initiatives and Programs: IDDA engages in activities that promote environmental sustainability and climate action. This includes organizing clean-up campaigns, tree planting initiatives, and educational programs on renewable energy and sustainable practices. The organization has a wide range of volunteers from diverse backgrounds who are experts in fields such as energy transition, waste management, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and more. IDDA works closely with local bodies such as Tepebaşı Municipality, Eskişehir Technical University, and Anadolu University. These collaborations enhance the effectiveness and reach of their environmental initiatives.

4. Participation in Democratic Life, Common Values, and Civic Engagement: IDDA fosters civic engagement and democratic participation through projects that encourage active citizenship. These projects include civic education workshops, youth forums, and campaigns that promote democratic values and community involvement. IDDA utilizes digital platforms for civic engagement, such as online petition sites, social media for advocacy campaigns, and interactive tools like polling apps and digital storytelling platforms to amplify the voices of young people and community members.

IDDA was founded by a group of dedicated education volunteers who recognized the need for a focused effort on these critical areas. The organization boasts a dynamic team comprising researchers, youth workers, and a vibrant hub of teachers and academicians. This hub forms a core component of IDDA, featuring numerous dedicated teachers and volunteers who are deeply committed to the organization’s mission. The organization’s close relationships at both local and international levels enable it to swiftly engage with thousands of youth from diverse countries for various activities.

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