Open Educational Resources

© UNESCO/Roya Aziz/Star Group
Malalai is part of the future generation of teachers at Lycee Zarghuna in Kandahar.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning or research materials that are in the public domain or that can be used under an intellectual property license that allows re-use or adaptation (e.g Creative Commons). The potential of opening up educational resources for use and adaptation by everyone, especially those in resource-poor environments, is a great opportunity to achieve quality education for all.

Within a broad movement working to encourage creators of knowledge and information (including software), UNESCO has been active in promoting OER. Its Communication and Information programme on OER allows learners, teachers, administrators and governments to freely access, create and share open document-format educational resources. The UNESCO Education Sector focuses on promoting the introduction of OER in teacher education, HIV and AIDS and Literacy and education in post-conflict and post-disaster situations.


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