Global Educational Initiative, Open Learning Exchange Inc., Launches (UBE) by 2015

    Organization Moves Ahead with Billion Kids Library Following Successful
    Launch of Center in Nepal and Announcement of First Annual Conference in
    London in Early 2008

    BOSTON, Nov. 13 /CNW/ -- Open Learning Exchange Inc. (OLE), 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. Following a
successful pilot Center in Nepal, OLE today announced plans to expand its
network of country-based Centers in the lesser developed regions of the world.
    "Currently over one billion children do not have access to the basic
education they require to become productive members of society," said Dr.
Richard Rowe, Ph.D., founder and chair of Open Learning Exchange Inc. "We are
helping OLE Centers throughout the world develop effective and culturally
appropriate elementary and secondary school courses that are linked to local
priorities and standards and that are in local languages. All of these
materials will be freely available, with user comments and ratings, in the
Billion Kids Library."
    Founded in April 2007, and supported by a grant from the William and
Flora Hewlett Foundation, OLE 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 OLE, stimulate
innovative approaches to teaching and learning and participate as members of
the global 'Open Educational Resource' (OER) 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. The Nepal OLE Center ( has
demonstrated the effectiveness of the OLE model. OLE Centers in Asia, Africa,
India, the Caribbean and Latin America are expected within the next year.
    "There is no longer any good reason why every child in the world
shouldn't have access to a basic education," says Catherine Casserly, a
Hewlett Foundation Program Officer who has helped develop the international
movement to share open educational resources on the Internet. "The task is to
create the systems that will allow locally created educational material to be
broadly shared. And that's why we're so pleased to be supporting Open Learning
    OLE co-founder, Mouli Ramani, added, "As our world becomes increasingly
interconnected, it is no longer a matter of charity to aid lesser developed
countries; it is a social and economic imperative. OLE provides investors the
unique opportunity to participate in a global mission to help unite the world
through educational content."
    OLE 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
    About Open Learning Exchange
    Founded in April 2007 as a tax-exempt organization, OLE's mission is to
support Centers that provide access to high quality courses and related
materials by educators and students in their country, openly sharing these
educational resources on a global scale. OLE is committed to fulfill by 2015
Article 26 of the 1948 UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states:
"Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the
elementary and fundamental stages." For more information on OLE, visit

For further information:

For further information: Alexandra Schauffler, +1-617-226-7192,, or Colin Mahoney, +1-617-226-7166,, both for Open Learning Exchange Inc. Web Site:        

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