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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The policy for the provision of distance education in South African Universities in the context of an integrated post-school system has been gazetted. The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Nzimande states that "since the current infrastructure within the South African university sector cannot accommodate the needed expansion, distance education would make a significant contribution to the required growth in the sector." Click here to read the policy.
Saide is thrilled to announce that our African Storybook Project website was recently launched at a symposium on Multilingual Resources for Early Literacy Development with generous funding from the European Union. The team worked tirelessly to ensure that the website was ready for the day. We were honoured to have distinguished speakers such as:
Kapilolo Mahongo together with Marlene Winberg from the Manyeka Arts Trust entertained participants with marvellous !Xun stories, five of which have been republished with original San drawings on the African Storybook Project website.
Most of the presentations were filmed and links will be made available on the African Storybook project page and on our YouTube space shortly.
The Educational Technology Initiative (ETI) aimed to support interventions in African universities to make increasingly effective use of educational technology to address some of the underlying educational challenges facing the higher education sector in Africa. This five-year project was funded by the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa has now concluded. One of the final products to be produced is a series of case studies from the African higher education institutions involved in the project and it is now available on our website.
We are pleased to announce that Guidelines for Teaching Numeracy: Foundation Phase originally commissioned by the Gauteng Department of Education has been updated by Count, the original authors and Saide has been given permission to release the resource as an open educational resource under a Creative Commons CC BY NC licence. This programme provides Grade 1, 2 and 3 educators with for example: a progress of appropriate activities that introduce young learners to basic mathematical understanding, knowledge and skills that they should develop during early schooling; ideas and examples of interesting practice activities that will help learners consolidate and extend their understanding and skills. Click here to read more and access the resource.