Neil Butcher and Associates aims to contribute to improving education in developing-world contexts by advancing open, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions to educational challenges. Based in South Africa, the group manages projects, conducts research, and provides advisory support services in the field of education in the developing world. With this grant, it will lead research to deepen knowledge on the most effective strategies to create government policy and regulatory environments that support effective implementation of the recently approved UNESCO OER Recommendation, working in partnership with UNESCO’s Dynamic Coalition, UNESCO’s regional offices in Africa, and other key African partners. (Substrategy: Field Building)
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Grants to this Grantee
for support of open licensing in early childhood literacy efforts in the developing world
Neil Butcher and Associates, a consulting firm with OER expertise, will conduct research to determine whether and how open licenses could help increase the amount of reading material available to children across the developing world. The results are expected to inform policy solutions to high rates of illiteracy among young children and, more specifically, help shape the Global Book Alliance, a consortium being established by international donors. This work is intended to advance the Education Program’s strategy of encouraging policies in the developing world that promote the use of OER to solve key problems in education.
for support of open licensing in early childhood literacy efforts in Africa
Neil Butcher and Associates, an educational firm based in South Africa, provides services to improve equity, quality, and effectiveness in developing countries. The firm seeks to help create sustainable local publishing markets that harness digital innovations and Creative Commons open licenses. With this grant, it will ensure meaningful access to and use of affordable, relevant, high-quality, mother-tongue storybooks for African children. This work will delve into how openly licensed local-language storybooks can contribute to the growth of the publishing industry in Africa and promote effective literacy strategies.