Drafting Open Education Policy in St Vincent and the Grenadines
Eighteen policy makers from the Ministry of Education and community colleges gathered for a consultative workshop from 24 to 25 May 2013, to facilitate the development of an Open Education Resource (OER) policy for St Vincent and the Grenadines. The workshop focused on brainstorming essential elements to be incorporated in such a policy, while aligning it to the national educational goals, plans and strategies.
The decision-makers in Grenada expressed a strong desire to locate an OER policy within existing draft policy on ICT in Education. Consequently, the workshop expanded its scope to focus on defining the key elements of revised ICT in education policy for the country incorporating OER policy. During the workshop, strong commitment was expressed to use open license (specifically, the Creative Commons licence framework) for all educational and research materials produced with public funds in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The workshop was facilitated by Neil Butcher, a South African educational technology specialist, who will draft a revised policy on ICT in Education and OER, which will be presented to the Ministry of Education and the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines before the end of July 2013
The consultative workshop was organized by the UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office in collaboration with the Commonwealth of Learning, the Ministry of Education, the Government of St Vincent ad the Grenadines and the St Vincent and the Grenadines National Commission for UNESCO.
Contact: Hara Prasad Padhy, Advisor in Communication and Information for the Caribbean, UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office (h.padhy(at)unesco.rg)
Abel Caine, Programme Specialist (a.caine(at)unesco.org)
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