Coopération internationale en Afrique francophone de l'Ouest, du Centre et de l'Est (International cooperation in French-speaking West, Central & East Africa) :sync:

Jacques Dang (Secretary of the Board, L’Université Numérique), Anaïs Roed-Malbrand (International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)), Amadou Diawara (Chairman of the Virtual University of Mali) et Luc Massou (Ministère français de l'Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation (MESRI))

This webinar focuses on a set of initiatives that involve international cooperation for French-speaking countries in sub-Saharan Africa. These initiatives include:

a Sahel initiative, led by the UNESCO Dakar field office for West Africa, targeted at Burkina-Faso, Mali, Niger and Senegal

- a francophone initiative, led by International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and L’Université Numérique, the French Digital University, with the support of UNESCO, the French Higher Education, Research and Innovation Ministry( MESRI), and Institut de la Francophonie pour l'Education et la Formation within Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)

- the Virtual Universities of Congo, Mali, Senegal

- various “traditional” universities, such as UCAD in Senegal

- various OER-based bilateral projects launched within the scope of the pandemic


• Anaïs Roed-Malbrand, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)

• Zeynep Varoglu, UNESCO, Communication & Information sector

• Jacques Dang, Secretary of the Board, L’Université Numérique

• Amadou Diawara, Chairman of the Virtual University of Mali

• Luc Massou, Ministère français de l'Enseignement Supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation (MESRI)

French-speaking countries in sub-Saharan Africa have seen their educational systems strongly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, more so than English-speaking countries. While there may be an abundance of OER in English and Mandarin, learners in other languages have not been so fortunate, as OER repositories are more fragmented, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) that govern OER in Civil Law countries are more rigid than copyright in Common Law countries and long-term sustainability relies more strongly on public support than on market initiative.

This webinar describes how ICDE and L’Université Numérique, with the support of UNESCO, have adapted to the specific context of the various initiatives in order to help sustain a thriving ecosystem for OER in these countries

Extended abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_114.pdf 📄

Webinar Information

This presentation is part of Webinar 17 REL inclusives et équitables, Faciliter la coopération internationale taking place in your local time .

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UNESCO OER Action Area: Inclusive and equitable OER, Facilitating international cooperation

Language: French

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