Within a framework of lifelong learning, our vision will evolve
collectively into an Open Learning Community involving all interested
participants, and will be supported by a Technology-Based Distributed
DIALOGUE BETWEEN NATIONS
PROPOSED OPEN LEARNING COMMUNITY
INFORMATION PROVIDERS AND TECHNOLOGY SHARING
THE CREATION OF AN
OPEN LEARNING COMMUNITY
Planning, Implementing and Managing
Indigenous Peoples and the World
Indigenous Peoples and nations are challenged by the need to implement
their own educational strategies and informal outreach programs which
contribute to the ongoing traditional practices of their peoples. There
is a growing understanding that aboriginal education must be driven by
Indigenous community leaders and educators.
The development of aboriginal education and informal community access
strategies is dependent upon enlightened indigenous governance and
policy makers, who take into consideration learners' needs as the force
that drives the survival of their nations.
Acknowledging the importance of indigenous local and national agendas,
what happens in terms of strengthening relationships and living together
as neighbours within a multi-sector environment? At some point, everyone
needs to do their homework together.
The 21st century global village adds many stakeholders to the mix:
regional players, communities, corporations, public and private
An innovative approach to enhancing learner centered relationships might
be through the creation of an Open Learning Community, linking all
stakeholders with one another, in virtual collaborative forums and
dialogue on the political, economic and development issues and processes
affecting each of them.
Such an initiative would welcome support from members of the United
Nations and regional organizations such as the Organization of American
States, within the context of the Millennium Development Goals.
A global facility or networked system for ongoing and parallel research
in this field would also seem appropriate within, and extending from the
already existing United Nations University, based in Tokyo.
In our view, the proposed DBN Open Learning Community, International
Consortia Model of Knowledge Keepers, Information Providers and
Technology Experts sets up a unique lifelong learning environment.
Virtual Permanent Forum for Indigenous Peoples:
recent establishment of a Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the
United Nations provides Indigenous communities with a formal body within
the UN, focused on strengthening their communities (Agenda 21, Chapter
26: Recognizing and Strengthening the Role of Indigenous Peoples). A
well-defined strategy for the planning, management and implementation of
an Open Learning Community focusing on International Relationships and
based upon an innovative distributed learning methodology, would support
the goals of the Second United Nations International Decade of the
World's Indigenous People (2005-2014).