A tuition free international

online mentoring programme

Unlock the potential of open education in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)







heard the news

We are announcing the 3rd call for Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW) mentoring program!

The OE4BW supports the development and implementation of freely accessible modules and resources that address at least one of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With our open call, we are looking for innovative and engaged individuals who wish to participate and contribute by sharing their knowledge and create their open educational resources.


it works

The programme enrolls mentees from all over the world to, under a guidance of internationally recognized mentors, develop and implement OERs based on the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals.

The process is person focused, led by the mentee and supported by the mentor through dialogue. Mentee owns the process and takes the main responsibilitiy for defining his/her needs for gaining from the mentoring relationship what is intended.

The role of the mentor is to help the mentees find their own solutions. Mentoring relationship is unique, based on the mentee’s individual needs and the mentor’s area of expertise.


the initiators

Tanja Urbančič

Tanja Urbančič is Dean of School of Engineering and Management at the University of Nova Gorica, where she teaches knowledge management, coordinates students’ projects and acts as a supervisor at the undergraduate and graduate level. She also works as a researcher in the Centre for Information Technologies and Applied Mathematics.

Mitja Jermol

Mitja Jermol is holder of UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Education and head of the Centre for Knowledge Transfer in Information Technologies (CT3) at Jožef Stefan Institute. He has been doing research and development on artificial intelligence, cybernetics, cognitive systems and e-learning.


all around the world

Hub leaders regionally coordinate developers and mentors in the process of designing their OERs. Hubs are responsible for well-defined organizational tasks, while following the methodology developed by the OE4BW Initiators, and closely cooperating with them.

In 2018/19 cooperation was initiated with Africa and Europe Hub, coordinated by Igor Lesko; Asia Hub, coordinated by Vasudha Kamat and Jayashree Shinde and  North and South America Hub, coordinated by Jenni Hayman. We are thankful for their generous cooperation enabling the OE4BW mentoring program to spread around the world.

Igor Lesko

Igor Lesko

Director of Operations, Open Education Consortium

VasUDHa Kamat

VasUDHa Kamat

Former Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women's University

Jayashree Shinde

Jayashree Shinde

Director, Teaching Learning Centre, SNDT Women’s University

Jenni Hayman

Jenni Hayman

Program Manager, eCampusOntario


credit is due

We gratefully acknowledge the help of numerous mentors who volunteered to help OE4BW project developers via online consultations, investing a lot of their time and expertise. Without their generous contribution, the program OE4BW would not be possible!