Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC)


Building the education we need, shaping the world we want


The Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC) was established on 29 January 2020 by Latin American, Caribbean, African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Pacific Island countries at the International Summit on Balanced and Inclusive Education held in Djibouti

As set out by its Constitutive Charter, the purpose of the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC) is to “contribute to the equitable, just, and prosperous social transformation of societies by promoting balanced and inclusive education, in order to attain the fundamental rights to liberty, justice, dignity, sustainability, social cohesion, and material and immaterial security for the peoples of the world.”


In order to achieve the common aspiration for balanced and inclusive education systems, collective and contextual roadmaps must be articulated, supported by effective and resilient knowledge-sharing and action-coordinating mechanisms. As an inherently cross-sectoral international organisation, by counting civil society and academic bodies as Associate Members, and the only intergovernmental organisation of the Global South that is not constrained by geocultural and/or subregional lines, the propelling force of the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC)’s mandate is its commitment to the confederation of efforts and initiatives –across countries, organisations, and sectors –, mobilising and pooling together intellectual, technical, and financial resources.

As opposed to aid, which is implemented vertically and tends to generate institutional dependence, cooperation is practised horizontally, between equals, and strives to achieve collective self-reliance. At the cornerstone of the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC)’s mission, therefore, is the firm belief in the importance of enhancing and strengthening intergovernmental and intersectoral South-South exchanges in balanced and inclusive education and development, to identify complementary strengths and overcome common challenges. Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC) accordingly works on strengthening synergies and the self-sustainability of initiatives by engaging with international, national, and local stakeholders for the development of endogenous solutions, which also make the case for change at the global level.

As a fundamental means to address the global challenges and aspirations of the 21st century, Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC) works towards the building of successful South-North partnerships. Fruitful cooperation only being possible, however, where there is equality between parties, OEC pro-actively supports South-North collaborative opportunities based on the principle of mutually beneficial partnerships of equals. Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC) also firmly believes that diversity found within and across countries, cultures, and peoples of the Global South has generated innovative, contextual solutions that can be leveraged to be equally enriching for countries and societies in the Global North.

Born from the prolific exchanges between governments, NGOs, and academia which occurred under the auspices of the Education Relief Foundation from 2017 to 2020, constant dialogue and knowledge-sharing across sectors, directed towards the adoption of concrete action plans, is embedded in the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC)’s modus operandi. In addition to the Constitutive Charter’s mandate to act as a neutral knowledge-broker, OEC acts as an interactive stakeholder-led platform of discussion, concertation, and coordination between intellectuals, NGOs, academic bodies, and governments that increases the visibility of issues, perspectives, and ideas currently underrepresented at the international level.


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