How has UNESCO supported OERs?

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Over the last 10 years, UNESCO has helped spur an international movement in support of OERs. The term Open Educational Resources (OER) was coined at a 2002 UNESCO Forum on the Impact of Open Courseware for Higher Education. Ten years later, we are hosting the World Open Educational Resources Congress.

UNESCO also hosts the Open Training Platform, a comprehensive database of more than 10,000 OERs designed to facilitate teaching, learning, and research. Developed by UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector, the Open Training Platform is searchable by subject and provides a central access point for capacity building in a wide variety of disciplines.

All of UNESCO’s OER activities reflect our belief that universal access to high quality education is key to the building of peace, sustainable social and economic development, and intercultural dialogue.  In short, we believe that free access to information is a fundamental human right.

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