The Asia Caribbean Open Institute adheres and upholds the most basic human right to education. It was established to empower the growing number of people across the globe who cannot afford higher education. The Institute supports underprivileged students from developing countries in Asia and the Caribbean but opens its doors to anyone willing to learn.
The Institute is an educational advocacy initiative founded by the Caribbean ASEAN Council
as a direct response to the global need in providing education for all regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality or disability. It is a distance and online learning institution that supports and applies OpenCourseWare (OCW), Open Educational Resources (OER), and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) to provide accessible higher education.
The Caribbean ASEAN Council is a non-government and non-profit association under Swiss law whose main activities are focused on economic and social development. It is a Lifetime Member of Civicus - the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, registered with the NGO Branch of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and listed on the European Union's Transparency Register.
The Institute is internationally represented by the Eastern Caribbean-Southeast Asia Chamber
, a non-government organisation registered in the United Kingdom. The Chamber is recognised by the United Nations through the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) SIDS Global Business Network
. It is also a participant to the United Nations Global Compact and an Associate Member of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations. The Chamber is consulted by Ms. Abigail Tizon who has received certification in Copyright and Creative Commons Licensing. The Institute is treated as an overseas school in the United Kingdom and has registered with the United Kingdom Register for Learning Providers.
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The Caribbean ASEAN Council and the Eastern Caribbean-Southeast Asia Chamber have been acknowledged globally. Among those who have appreciated our efforts include His Majesty King Charles III (as the former Prince of Wales); H.R.H. Princess Anne, The Princess Royal; and H.E. Ms. Fekitamoeloa Katoa 'Utoikamanu, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General.
In pursuit of our mandate, our Advisory Board Chair Datu Sadja Dr. Matthew Pajares Yngson
, had the rare opportunity to converse with H.R.H. Princess Anne at Marlborough House in London. He was also able to communicate our objectives to H.E. The Right Hon. Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of The Commonwealth and has met with Prof. Asha Kanwar, President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning to officially introduce the Institute and its goals.
The Asia Caribbean Open Institute emphasizes the following: