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Panel discussion on OER within “Civic initiatives for changes in laws”

On November 15, at 11:00 AM, at the EU InfoCentre in Skopje, a panel discussion titled “Civic initiatives for changes in laws” took place. This panel discussion is part of the Citizens in Parliament project, implemented by Westminster Foundation for Democracy and the School of Journalism and Public Relations.

The event saw the presentation of findings from research conducted by 11 organizations in various areas , as well as the “Manual on research and public policies document writing”, created to assist the CSOs that want to initiate social change based on research and arguments that would justify that certain change.

Metamorphosis’ representative presented the public policies document, which covers the initiative for legal implementation of open educational resources, which comprises the Laws on Primary, Secondary and Higher Education, Law on Textbooks in Primary and Secondary Education and Law on Copyright and Other Related Rights.

– Due to the fact that the access to open educational resources in our country is limited, there is a need for change in several laws, but of course, by paying attention not to infringe any copyright of textbooks’ authors – stated the Metamorphosis’ representative.

In addition, other initiatives were presented by “HOPS – options for healthy life”, “Free Software”, “Wilson Macedonia”, “Youth Educational Forum”, “Macedonian Platform against Poverty”, “Association for Promotion and Development of Inclusive Society – INKLUZIVA”, “CIVIL – Center for Freedom” “Young Federalists – JEF” and “Institute for Human Rights”.