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A group of open schooling and distance education practitioners formally launched the Commonwealth Open Schooling Association (COMOSA) at a meeting organised by COL in New Delhi, India in November 2009. COMOSA’s mission is to support the efforts of open and distance learning (ODL) institutions to co-ordinate, co-operate and collaborate in the development, promotion and introduction of innovative, high quality, relevant, equitable, gender-sensitive and cost-effective education for sustainable development.

“We believe COMOSA has a role to play as an advocate for distance education at the school level,” said Mrs. Frances Ferreira, COL Education Specialist, Open Schooling. “And by bringing together open schooling practitioners from around the Commonwealth, we will be able to build consensus and share information about best practices.”

A Constitution was adopted at the November meeting and an interim executive was appointed consisting of:

  • Dr. Sitansu S. Jena (National Institute of Open Schooling, India): Chairperson
  • Ms. Fancy Amey (Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning): Vice-Chairperson
  • Ms. Lystra Sampson-Ovid (National Open School of Trinidad & Tobago): Secretary
  • Professor Desh Bandhu Gupta (J&K State Open School, India): Treasurer

India’s National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) is providing support for COMOSA in the form of office space and one staff member.

Note: Text sourced from http://comosa.org/wordpress/?page_id=7