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OER's 4 Open Schools, an initiative of COL in collaboration with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Ministries of Education and Open Schools in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Seychelles, Trinidad & Tobago and Zambia is undertaking a range of activities to strengthen the capacity and sustainability of open schools in developing countries. This includes creating practical handbooks, hosting capacity building workshops, commissioning research and providing access to digital resources.

In India, the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) ( provides opportunities to interested students by making available a variety of courses/programmes of study through open and distance learning (ODL) modes. These include:

  • Open Basic Education (OBE) Programmes for 14+ years age group, adolescents and adults at A, B and C levels that are equivalent to classes III, V, and VIII of the formal school system;
  • Secondary Education Courses;
  • Senior Secondary Education Courses;
  • Vocational Education Courses/Programmes;
  • Life Enrichment Programmes.

Figure 23: NIOS Interface

The Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL- offers two secondary education programmes, namely the Junior Secondary Education Certificate and the Namibia Senior Secondary Certificate. In addition to this, The Pete Programme is offered to students who intend to pursue further studies in Sciences at institutes of Higher Learning.