A key barrier to improving children's reading skills is limited or no access to textbooks and reading materials. An open education resource (OER) policy could help progress Early Grade Reading (EGR) efforts and is now a policy requirement for all United States Government-funded projects.
During the summer of 2019, the Global Reading Network and partner organization, the Global Book Alliance, sponsored a series of webinars which studied issues involved with Creative Commons Licensing, Business Model Approaches to Open Licensing of any material, and, specifically, Open Licensing of early grade reading materials and how that could help put books and other learning materials into the hands of children and their teachers in poorer countries around the globe.
The concluding August 28, 2019 session included an introduction by REACH Consultant Sofia Cozzolino on a new Global Reading Network (GRN) produced language guidance document on open licenses which highlights potential benefits, USAID Policy, an explanation of differing Creative Commons licenses, and thoughts of how stakeholders might be engaged on Open Licensing issues. Additionally, Dr. Amber Gove of RTI International shared examples from that organization's experiences when implementing OL approaches in several countries.