The Report on the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Consultation on Open Educational Resources highlights “a renewed commitment by the participants to develop policies around Open Educational Resources with the help of COL and UNESCO”.

The consultation welcomed 60 participants from 18 countries, who discussed national OER practices, open licenses and policy, and strategies for mainstreaming OER.

It was held in São Paulo, Brazil, from 3-4 April 2017, and was organised by COL in collaboration with University of Campinas, Brazil, UNESCO and Government of Slovenia, with the generous support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. It is one of six regional consultations being held under the theme “OER for equitable and quality education: from commitment to action,” in the lead up to the 2nd World OER Congress in Ljubljana on 18-20 September 2017.

According to the report, “The key priorities and needs of the Latin and Caribbean region include electricity, water and healthcare. Quality basic education also remains a necessary area of focus to meet Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4). The expected outcome of the regional consultation was to devise collaborative consensus-based strategies to reach SDG4, building on the complementarity of the Latin American and the Caribbean nations.”

Outcomes of the consultation will help form a synthesis report of the agenda for action recommended for the different categories of stakeholders in the six global regions.

The Report on the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Consultation on Open Educational Resources was compiled by Mr Werner Westermann, Jefe Programa de Formación Cívica en Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional.

Read the report at http://rcoer.col.org/latin-america-and-caribbean.html