More than 70 participants from 25 countries gathered in Malta from 23 to 24 February to discuss the role of open educational resources (OER) in ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, as part of a series of six regional consultations being held between December 2016 and May 2017.

Over the course of two days, representatives, including ministers, senior officials, policy makers and experts, reflected on the progress of OER since the World OER Congress in 2012, identified strategies for mainstreaming OER, and agreed on action points for the 2nd World OER Congress. Innovative and promising practices in OER policies and initiatives in the region were also showcased.

The regional consultations are being organised by COL, in partnership with UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia with the generous support of the Hewlett Foundation, in the lead up to the 2nd World OER Congress. The 2nd World OER Congress is scheduled to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, 18–20 September 2017. The first consultation was held in Kuala Lumpur in December 2016 for the Asia region. The Europe Regional Consultation was generously co-hosted by the Minister of Education and Employment in Malta. Regional consultations for the Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Americas and Pacific regions are scheduled for the coming months.

COL is also conducting surveys for governments and stakeholders in order to establish a global understanding of national OER development.

For more information on the OER Regional Consultations and/or to contribute to the survey, visit rcoer.col.org. Reports on regional consultations will be made available once finalised.