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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Between 2009 and 2011, Saide supported the University of Pretoria to redevelop their B Ed Foundation and Intermediate phase programmes. One of our recommendations was to retain but update the Children’s Literature module for the digital age. In 2015, we were invited back to run a workshop for this module – showcasing Saide’s African Storybook Project with its openly licensed  early reading stories for multilingual literacy development. Such a pleasure! Thank you to Professor Rinelle Evans. Click here to view Tessa Welch's presentation.


The Saide Resource Centre scans and catalogues relevant journal articles from a variety of international and South African education journals. We focus on distance education, open learning and e-learning, education policy, technology enhanced learning, open educational resources, higher education, community education,teacher education, adult education and early childhood development. Much of what we select to catalogue is directly relevant to projects that we are involved in. The first issue of our abstracts for 2015 is available here. Subscriptions to the service are available through our daily education current awareness service subscription. To subscribe to the service please send an email to Jenny Louw.

Saide will be working with four South African universities - the Nelson Mandela University, University of Free State, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Pretoria in the Kresge Foundation's Siyaphumelela (We Succeed) Initiative. The aim of the Initiative is to build of data analytics capacity to find and share solutions and interventions based on solid information to improve student success. The four-year grants were announced recently at a symposium on South African higher education and philanthropy.  The full article is available on the Kresge Foundation website.