COL supports developing countries in the Commonwealth through its Open Schooling Initiative

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Left to Right: Mrs. Anshul Kharbanda, Academic Officer, External Relations Coordinator, National Institute of Open School (NIOS); Ms. Karen Flello, Principal of SIDES; Mr. Dave Eberwein, Superintendent of Schools, School District 63 (Saanich); Dr. Johannes Hendrikz, Senior Adviser, Open Innovative Schooling, Commonwealth of Learning

COL through its Open Schooling Initiative is supporting developing countries in the Commonwealth to address the challenge of out of school youth. As part of our support to Ministries of Education, the Open Innovative Schooling initiative within COL, offers to sponsor Ministerial officials, from its core countries, to visit countries where they are exposed to alternative/supplementary and/or innovative models of schooling which provides greater access and flexibility to schooling.

Dr. Hendrikz arranged a study visit for Mrs. Anshul Kharbanda from the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to the BC Open School which is a division of the Ministry of Education responsible for the development of e-Learning resources. They also visited the South Island Distance Education School (SIDES), North Vancouver Distributed Learning School (NVDL) and the Vancouver Learning Network (VLN). The purpose of the visit was to introduce her to open schooling in Canada and establish and strengthen an international community of practitioners.

Photo: Left to Right: Mrs. Anshul Kharbanda, Academic Officer, External Relations Coordinator, National Institute of Open School (NIOS); Ms. Karen Flello, Principal of SIDES; Mr. Dave Eberwein, Superintendent of Schools, School District 63 (Saanich); Dr. Johannes Hendrikz, Senior Adviser, Open Innovative Schooling, Commonwealth of Learning

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