Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Joint Statement on education between Brazil-Australia could push free and open source software use in Australian education

You know Brazil leads the world in the use of Free and Open Source Software in their public institutions. Now that Australia and Brazil have an MOU that focuses on education, it would be wise for Australian education to adopt FOSS and open document formats so we can share records more efficiently with Brazil, and so students and teachers exchanging between the two nations have an opportunity to familiarise with each others software and digital works! Time to push harder for FOSS on all public education computers in Australia, and for the use of the open document format offered by OpenOffice.

On 4 January, the Minister of External Relations of Brazil, Ambassador Celso Amorim, and the Australian Foreign Minister, the Hon. Alexander Downer MP, had a working meeting in Brasilia, during which they reiterated a shared commitment to intensify the bilateral relationship. Minister Downer is visiting Brazil from 4 to 5 January 2006.

Special attention was drawn to the intensification of people-to-people links, which had been expanding in recent years, particularly in areas such as education. They reaffirmed their commitment to the strengthening of the bilateral relationship.
If you're not aware just how well Brazil 'gets it' start by watching this video documenting their adoption of Creative Commons.

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