10.05.2017 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Sensitizing Madagascar about the importance of Open Educational Resources (OER)

UNESCO video Open Educational Resources, Madgascar

A video aiming at sensitizing education stakeholders on Open Educational Resources (OER) has been developed in English, French, and Malagasy

The video explains what OER are and the standards set for OER by Creative Commons (CC). It also introduces the current usage of OER, e.g. animations, course materials, tests, projects, in the Malagasy primary, secondary, and university classrooms. Teachers also give their testimonials of their usage of OER for teaching and how it facilitates the learning of students.

The video is produced as a result of cooperation among UNESCO, the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Employment, Technical Education and Vocational Training, and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The video can be accessed here (in Malagasy language).

The release of the video is a follow up of a national workshop supported by UNESCO, and financial support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to finalize the OER strategy for Madagascar from 14 to 16 March 2016. After the workshop, UNESCO assisted Madagascar in developing the first Madagascar OER Strategy, with a vision of ‘By 2030, Madagascar will develop, use, and distribute OER within the Malagasy education system, in support of adequate human capital for development’. The Strategy also called for creating advocacy and sensitization materials for decision-makers, specialists, teachers, trainers, and learners to sensitize them about the benefits of OER. This video is one of such materials.

UNESCO recognizes the potential of OER to widen access to education at all levels, both formal and non-formal, for lifelong learning, and improve both the benefits and quality of the outcomes of teaching and learning. After leading the OER initiative for over a decade, UNESCO organized the World Congress on OER at its headquarters in Paris (20 and 22 June 2012) during which UNESCO Member States signed the Paris OER Declaration 2012.


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