These strategies represent quite just the proper thing to try to to. They constitute a wise investment in teaching and learning for the 21st century. they’re going to make it possible to redirect funds from expensive textbooks towards better learning. they’re going to help teachers excel in their work and supply new opportunities for visibility and global impact. they’re going to accelerate innovation in teaching. they’re going to give more control over learning to the learners themselves. These are strategies that add up for everybody.
Thousands of educators, learners, authors, administrators and policymakers are already involved in open education initiatives. We now have the chance to grow this movement to incorporate many educators and institutions from all corners of the world, richer and poorer. we’ve the prospect to succeed in bent policymakers, working together to seize the opportunities ahead. we’ve the chance to interact entrepreneurs and publishers who are developing innovative open business models. we’ve an opportunity to nurture a replacement generation of learners who engage with open educational materials, are empowered by their learning and share their new knowledge and insights with others. most significantly, we’ve a chance to dramatically improve the lives of many many people round the world through freely available, high-quality, locally relevant educational and learning opportunities.
We, the undersigned, invite all individuals and institutions to hitch us in signing the Cape Town Open Education Declaration, and, in doing so, to plan to pursuing the three strategies listed above. We also encourage those that sign to pursue additional strategies in open educational technology, open sharing of teaching practices and other approaches that promote the broader explanation for open education.