This, which I learned about from one of my favorite science communicators, Bora Zivkovic (A Blog Around the Clock), excites me on several levels. But principly, I see a group of educators, who have met, discussed, taught, and learned, and then have come to agreement and published, globally, a document of demand for the sake of a peaceful and secure future through our children. It is The Cape Town Open Education Declaration, which demands the development and use of open content and open education tools for use in education world wide, wiping out the boundaries of income that prevent learning.
Here is the introduction from the web site and you can click here to read the declaration:
The Cape Town Open Education Declaration arises from a small but lively meeting convened in Cape Town in September 2007. The aim of this meeting was to accelerate efforts to promote open resources, technology and teaching practices in education.Convened by the Open Society Institute and the Shuttleworth Foundation, the meeting gathered participants with many points of view from many nations. This group discussed ways to broaden and deepen their open education efforts by working together.
The first concrete outcome of this meeting is the Cape Town Open Education Declaration. It is at once a statement of principle, a statement of strategy and a statement of commitment. It meant to spark dialogue, to inspire action and to help the open education movement grow.
Open education is a living idea. As the movement grows, this idea will continue to evolve. There will be other visions initiatives and declarations beyond Cape Town. This is exactly the point. The Cape Town signatories have committed to developing further strategies, especially around open technology and teaching practices.
A certain amount of irony here, does not escape me. I write and sell books and write for publishers. I sell my consulting and speaking services, and I do these largely for the developed world. I’m trying to make a living (without a job), and it is impossible for me to overstate the challenge of this. However, I have some things to think about here — because this declaration excites me. It’s about all of our futures!
“Home.” The Cape Town Open Education Declaration. Shuttleworth Foundation and Open Society Institute. 23 Jan 2008 <http://www.capetowndeclaration.org/>.
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