Open Education for a Better World Mentoring Programme in the UNESCO Report On Open Educational Resources

After UNESCO unanimously adopted the Recommendation on open educational resources at the General Conference in November 2019, all member states are obliged to report on activities and progress in this area every four years.

The UNESCO Executive Board prepared the first four-year period report that was presented and discussed at the 42nd UNESCO General Conference in Paris in November 2023. It summarizes the reports received from 78 countries. The report presents actions and achievements made by countries on the development of supportive policy, on encouraging effective, inclusive and equitable access to quality open educational resources, and on building capacity of stakeholders to create, access, re-use, adapt and redistribute open educational resources.

In the capacity building section, the report also mentions the Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW) international programme, launched by University of Nova Gorica together with the UNESCO chair from the Jožef Stefan Institute. The goal of this programme is to create open educational resources addressing sustainable development goals, and to provide mentoring support to developers of these resources.

While the report includes numerous references to countries and several highlighted projects, the mentions of concrete institutions are rare. We are very pleased that the work of the Open Education for Better World international mentoring programme was recognized and mentioned in such a positive context in a document that ensures world-wide visibility.

Please check the 2019 Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER) – consolidated report on the implementation of the recommendation; OE4BW mentioned on page 2 –