Creative Commons Kenya is pleased to invite you all to the Creative Commons “School of Open” Launch set to take place on the 23rd of February 2013 at Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta. Through this event, CIPIT (Public Lead for Creative Commons Kenya) in partnership with the NCLR (Legal Lead for Creative Commons Kenya) and jamlab aims to introduce the concept of “Open” to high school students all over the country and engage them in the use of Open Education Resources. The chief guest at the launch will be Dr. Bitange Ndemo, PS in the Ministry of Information and Communication among other key invited guests. Proceedings will run from 09:30am to 12:30pm.
As a background, the School of Open is an open community project that aims to help anyone in the world understand what “open” means in the world around us, especially as it applies in the digital medium also known as the internet and how it can benefit creative endeavours across all fields including education, science, research and the arts.
The School of Open is a joint initiative being coordinated by two organisations: Peer to Peer University (P2PU) and Creative Commons (CC). While P2PU encompasses all types of courses, the soo is focused on the specific domain of openness. P2PU believe that open resources can improve access to and participation in research, education, technology and culture BUT not enough people know what “open” means or how to apply it.
As for CC, it is a non-profit organisation that offers a legal framework (through licenses) for the voluntary sharing of creative works on the web such music, videos, photos and educational resources like textbooks. With CC, creators can grant copy and reuse permissions in advance without having to negotiate rights each and every time. CC licenses also form the backbone of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. A movement of organisations and individuals that offer free educational resources under CC licenses to anyone in the world.
After being named Public Lead for the newly launched Creative Commons Kenya project, CIPIT’s first order of business was to throw a fitting birthday party to celebrate 10 years of the CC movement worldwide!
The event, which took place earlier today at the Strathmore Business School, was a smashing success largely due to the support from all our participants and sponsors, including Kenya Film Commission, Kenya ICT Board, Google, the firm of TripleOLaw Advocates and Hadithi.org.
Today, the Strathmore Business School played host to a historic Creative Commons (CC) Meeting in Nairobi whose main objective was to formally launch the Creative Commons Kenya Project and the various Project Leads. Other agendas in the meeting include exploring how CC licenses catalyse local content development, discussing how to assist creative sector better assert its presence online, harnessing Open Education Resources (OER) potential to realise Universal Education, along Millennium Development Goals, among many other creative content benefits.
During this meeting, Strathmore’s CIPIT was chosen as Public Lead, Creative Commons Kenya whereas the National Council for Law Reporting (NCLR) was chosen as Legal Lead, Creative Commons Kenya. This blogger is particularly excited by these new developments following the appointments of Mr. Alex Gakuru and Dr. Tobias Schonwetter as CC Africa Regional Coordinators.
In a post this blogger penned several months ago titled: “The Challenge for Creative Commons in Kenya”, it was argued that the success of CC in Kenya would require that the government and the CC Team now in place work hand in hand to raise general consciousness and awareness on issues of licensing in respect to copyright and related rights. Indeed, this is a challenge for all of us IP enthusiasts who are passionate about Intellectual Property (IP) becoming a tool that Kenyans can use for economic growth and prosperity. Therefore we must all feel part and parcel of the newly-created Creative Commons Kenya Team through active support and contribution.
PS: For those on Twitter, please follow us at @StrathCIPIT as well as @CCKenya for more updates and information on the Creative Commons Kenya Project.