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Free Software in Education

We actively promote the use of Free Software in schools and universities as it encourages schooling of understanding over product training and upholds the scientific principle.

Already during its first general assembly, FSFE identified education as one of the most important areas for activity so young people and students would have the chance of getting in touch with knowledge instead of mere product schooling. Therefore the FSFE started a Free Software in Education working group to focus on these efforts. Today, it acts as a hub and works on monitoring the European situation. We participate in Free Software events and assist other initiatives in making the change possible.

Amongst other arguments for Free Software, here are four of the key benefits for education:

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Position paper for the boost of Open Educational Resources on the basis of Free Software

10 February 2015:

Together with FSFE and other partners, the Bündnis Freie Bildung ("Free Education Alliance") today publishes its position paper about the creation and usage of Open Educational Resources (OER). Therein, the Bündnis demands a consequent publishing of all OER-material under public licences and their availability as Free Software and in Open Standard formats.

Blog: FSFE participates in UK ICT curriculum consultation

14 April 2012:

FSFE’s education team has submitted their official position on the UK Department of Education proposal to disapply the National Curriculum Programme for Information and Communication Technology.