Saide, the South African Institute for Distance Education, is a non-governmental organization based in Johannesburg but conducting projects throughout South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. Saide's task is to contribute to the development of new models of open and distance education practice, that accord with and take forward the values, principles, and goals of the evolving education systems in the Southern African region. It has also paid particular attention to the appropriate use of technology in education and most recently established a Kenya-based initiative, OER Africa, to promote the development and sharing of OER on the African continent.

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Nadeosa, the National Association of Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa would like to invite participation in their 2016 conference to be hosted at Monash South Africa from 13-15 July 2016. The conference theme is Technology enhanced open and distance learning and different facets of transformation within the post-school education and training sector.  The first announcement and call for papers is now available.


In celebration of Open Education Week 2016 Saide would like to direct our readers to all the wonderful new agricultural resources that have been added to our OER Africa Initiative website emanating from our Agshare Project.


Welcome to our latest OER. The Guide for Making and Using Stories is a resource from our African Storybook Initiative that can be used by fieldworkers, community librarians, teachers, parents and others who are working with young children. There are different kinds of activities for you to use.  The activities give ideas on how to create, translate, adapt and use stories from the African Storybook website.

In 2011 and 2012 Saide led a process to design and develop a set of course materials for teacher professional development based on selected components of the Wits Data Informed Practice Improvement Project (DIPIP). The course was released as an OER and is going to be used by Wits in 2016 for training teachers in senior primary mathematics methodology. This OER can be viewed on our OER Africa website in the African Teacher Education Network space or can be downloaded through this link.