Open Learning Exchange, an international educational organization, is seeking to ensure Universal Basic Education (UBE) by 2015 by creating a global network of country-based centers that provide free and open access to basic educational content, including a "Billion Kids (digital) Library." Following a successful pilot center in Nepal, Open Learning Exchange has announced plans to expand its network of country-based Centers in the lesser developed regions of the world.
Founded in April 2007, and supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Open Learning Exchange supports the development of local centers that ensure universal availability of free, open, and high-quality curricula for educators and students. These centers, working closely with their governments and with grassroots support and financial assistance from Open Learning Exchange, stimulate innovative approaches to teaching and learning and participate as members of the global Open Educational Resource network. In addition to the Billion Kids Library, OLE's online Course Development Studio enables educators and learners throughout the world to translate, share, re-mix, and co-create educational courses that meet their local needs.
The Billion Kids Library is a unique repository of open educational resources and, together with the Course Development Studio, is projected to have the largest number of users of any digital library. The Library will be an ever-evolving tool for educators worldwide to share their curricula.
Open Learning Exchange will host Open Learning Exchange '08, its first annual conference about universal basic education in London, early next year at the London School of Economics. The conference will offer solutions to the escalating educational inequities around the world by presenting successful organizational and technological approaches for achieving the UN's Millennium Goal of providing all children access to education by 2015. For more information about Open Learning Exchange, visit www.ole.org.
Source: Open Learning Exchange, www.ole.org