The Education We Need
The Future We Want
South-South Cooperation Amplification
Knowledge, Information and Research Democratisaton
Financial Solidarity and Cooperation
Paradigm Shift Acceleration
Why an Organisation of the Global South?
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.
Balanced and Inclusive Education is an approach to educational quality and inclusivity that is responsive to the cultural, ethical, and social dimensions of the learning process, rendering education fulfilling for the individual and intrinsically relevant to society.
4 pillars of Balanced and Inclusive Education
Universal Declaration of Balanced and Inclusive Education (UDBIE)
2022 - 2029
2022 - 2023
Notwithstanding the wide recognition of the fundamental requisite of gender equality for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive society, and decades of efforts towards that goal, deeply rooted socio-cultural norms, attitudes, behaviours, practices, and power imbalances continue to disadvantage women and girls, both in the Global North and the Global South. Throughout its organisational policies and programmes transversally, the OEC will address, from an intersectional angle accounting for the compounding experience of oppression of women and girls, the underlying patterns, mechanisms, and patriarchal structures reproduced through curricula content, classroom practice, research biases, socio-cultural norms, and economic disparities.
Minorities are composed of two sets of people: communities that constitute a numerical minority in a given society, or in the world, and communities who, despite forming a substantial part of the population, are minoritised through discrimination, marginalisation, and exclusion due to their ethnic, cultural, religious, or other identities. The violation of the human rights of minorities and indigenous peoples is not only morally unacceptable, but it also negates their valuable contribution to society and to Humanity. The OEC, through its multidimensional programme design and interactional implementation processes will address minority and indigenous peoples’ marginalisation and exclusion through interconnected socio-cultural, educational, civic, and economic angles.
Building upon resources, capacities and insights of individuals, local communities, and institutions, the OEC will strive to systemically reinforce capacities, autonomy, and resilience at the local and national levels, whilst working with Member States to develop and build collective self-reliance strategies that pool intellectual, technical and financial resources together, transversally supported by implementation strategies for the OEC Programme ensuring active exchanges, solidarity-based cooperation, regional schemes, and collaborative action amongst Member States at the regional and international levels.
“A certain kind of multilateralism seems to be disappearing, and is being mourned in many circles – but we do not join in this grief. Not because we do not believe in multilateralism – on the contrary, the very essence of the OEC is predicated on the recognition that multilateralism is not an opportunistic choice, but an unavoidable necessity, the only manner in which we can defend Humanity’s indivisible interests and realise its indissoluble aspirations.
We are, however, aware that not all forms of multilateralism are created equal – for unless there is equality amongst parties, equity in their relations, and solidarity rather than charity, multilateralism will only reproduce the very imbalances it seeks to rectify.
From this common space that is the OEC, we must, therefore, contribute to the construction of a new, humanistic kind of multilateralism, standing as a proud example of our shared values put into practice, where the operational principle shall be: from each Member State according to their ability, and to each Member State according to their need.”
Manssour Bin Mussallam
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