NOVEMBER 21, 2022
At the 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris on 25 November 2019, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted the Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER). Since then, stakeholders including Governments, international and national development agencies, educational institutions library and information institutions, CSOs and other non-profit organizations, through multi-stakeholder partnerships, are collaborating to operationalize and implement initiatives in support of the four key areas of the Recommendation as follows:
In an effort to operationalize the implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendations, the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Neil Butcher and Associates, South Africa, to develop the capacity of library and information professionals and other stakeholders to support the implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendation.
Among others, this partnership will develop an open source toolkit on ‘Advocating for OER policies in Africa’ for librarians, which will incorporate capacity-building needs of librarians and decision makers in the library sector. AfLIA will conduct a survey to get baseline data to inform the development of the Toolkit. A series of workshops and webinars will be organized to deepen sensitization about OER and the importance of policies impacting on OER use.
AfLIA will also build the capacity of librarians and key decision makers in the sector to develop policies or include OER considerations in policy development and host brainstorming sessions on advocacy with librarians and relevant agencies, including a step-by-step guide on the best advocacy approach to take, using the ‘Advocating for OER policies in Africa’ toolkit that will be developed.